Rufous-necked Wood-Rail with food

After an absence of more than 30 hours the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail made an appearance last evening after 7 pm. I got the photo above showing the bird with a food item in it's bill that I believe is a very large crawfish (aka crawdad) or similar creature. They are said to eat crabs primarily in their native mangrove habitat but they don't have crabs in New Mexico. It is best seen by clicking on above photo to enlarge it.

No food in bottom pic but it shows the colorful yellow base to this bird's large bill.  SeEtta


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