Rails, Crakes, Coot and Jacana

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Slaty-breasted Rail
(ළය-අලු පැති-රෙලුවා)
Gallirallus striatus

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Water Rail
(දිය රෙලුවා)
Rallus aquaticus

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Vagrant species
 
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Slaty-legged Crake
(අලු-පා කෙරලියා)
Rallina eurizonoides

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Critically Endangered
 
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Corncrake
(ගඩ කෙරලියා)
Crex crex

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Vagrant species
 
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Baillon's Crake
(බෙයිලොන් විල් කෙරලියා)
Porzana pusilla

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Ruddy-breasted Crake
(ළය-රතු විල් කෙරලියා)
Porzana fusca

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White-breasted Waterhen-3
White-breasted Waterhen-3

Photographed in the mashes surrounding Thalangama lake.

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White-breasted Waterhen-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

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White-breasted Waterhen-5

Photographed inside the Baddagana wetland park.

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White-breasted Waterhen-3

Photographed in the mashes surrounding Thalangama lake.

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White-breasted Waterhen
(ළය-සුදු කොරවක්කා)
Amaurornis phoenicurus

I see these guys very often as they wander around the hotel I worked. The first photo was taken near the paddy field next to MillenniumIT. The other one was seen at Wet Water Resort, Gampaha.

Very common around lakes and swamps in Sri Lanka.

 
Watercock-2
Watercock-2

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Watercock-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Watercock-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Watercock-2

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Watercock
(කොරා)
Gallicrex cinerea

Increasingly rare, this amazing bird was photographed in Bundala National Park. There were 3 of them but by the time I figured out how to get to them, all but one has disappeared into the bushes. Even this one was far away to properly photograph. The structure of the legs looks extraordinary.

 
Common Moorhen-9
Common Moorhen-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Thalangama lake.

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Common Moorhen-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Common Moorhen-8

Photographed in the outskirts of Thalangama lake.

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Common Moorhen-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Thalangama lake.

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Common Moorhen
(පොදු ගැල්ලිනුවා)
Gallinula chloropus

For some odd reason, this one has been a difficult bird to take a clear picture of. I have been trying to take a decent image for days in 'Gampaha' and at Debara Wewa but he has been elusive as he runs away and hides for the slightest movement.

Finally got lucky at Bundala National Park. What a beauty. Then more at Thalngama lake area.

 
Purple Swamphen-10
Purple Swamphen-10

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park in Kotte.

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Purple Swamphen-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Purple Swamphen-11

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park in Kotte.

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Purple Swamphen-10

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park in Kotte.

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Purple Swamphen/Grey-headed Swamphen
(පොඩි දම්-කිතලා)
Porphyrio poliocephalus

I was on my way out of Bundala National Park, a bit frustrated with not being able to see many birds as it was a dull day when saw these guys hanging out close to the main road. In my haste to take close-ups, I got out of the vehicle too soon which chased them away. Such beautiful colours on a beautiful bird.

Images 4 to 10 are all from Kotte, Diyawanna Oya area. They have got used to humans now and stays close although usually, they are very shy.

 
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Common Coot
(පොදු කලු-කිතලා)
Fulica atra

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana-6

Photographed at Thalangama lake.

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana-5

Photographed at Thalangama lake.

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana-6

Photographed at Thalangama lake.

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana
(සවුල්-පෙඳ දියසානා)
Hydrophasianus chirurgus

On a dull day at Bundala, these guys made the trip worth it as they put on a show for me. Beautiful colours and design for a water bird.

They are quite common in Thalangama lake. Images 4 to 6 from the Thalangama lake.