As usual with crakes, the best way to see them is to find a likely spot and then wait quietly. After ten minutes or so I saw this little jewel in the reeds. It approached to within two metres of me!
Shame about the head being in shadow.
Before this I had been at the other good crake place where a Little Crake was doing the usual foray along the stones.
A Water Rail joined it,
along with a Kingfisher.
Plenty of Snipe around - this one trying to blend in with the stones (not doing a good job).
Finally, the cherry on the cake - on the way back round the reservoir a single Namaqua Dove flew past giving brief but diagnostic views. I searched for it to try for a record shot but with no success. This is the furthest northwest I've ever seen this species but their spread doesn't surprise me as I've seen them at Revivim - a mere 30 km to the South with uninterrupted suitable habitat between.