Crakes and Rails

Subject: Crakes and Rails
From: (John Leonard)
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 12:49:15 +1100 (EST)
Drought years undoubtedly bring out the crakes and rails, but also I think
that this factor is superimposed on a combination of absolute abundance, and
innate shyness or lack of. My thoughts on a ranking of shyness/sparseness are:

easy to see/abundant/not-shy:
the gallinules, 
Buff-banded Rail,
Baillon's Crake

medium difficulty/less abundant/more shy:
Australian Crake,
White-browed Crake,

Lewin's Rail,
Spotless Crake,
Red-necked Crake
Chestnut Rail


Dr John Leonard
PO Box 243, Woden,

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Sniffs the pavement-kerb.'
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