re: Rails and Crakes

Subject: re: Rails and Crakes
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 18:11:29 +1030
Re Lewins Rails. Well Tony, you are lucky people in NSW. In SA we have had
only one location (Tolderol ) in the last n years at which they have been
seen. It was about two years ago for a period of about a week only when the
water level was atypical. Five all at once were visible and I think every
birdo in SA got there for their once only sighting. We do ,however, have a
few swamphens, like how many hundreds would you like?, to trade. 

Tony, the other one.

At 04:46 PM 13/11/97 +1100, you wrote:
>I would suggest that Lewin Rail is in fact a fairly common species throughout 
>much of its range in Eastern Australia.  I would even go as far as to suggest 
>they are more common than Swamphens.  Certainly in Sydney and Brisbane they 
>can be found in many localities if you try hard enough.   
>One of the tricks to locate them is to find significant stands of introduced 
>'Lantana' and play a tape and not always at low altitude and not always in 
>swampy areas.  I recall finding them at 5 locations between Mt Glorious and Mt 
>Nebo in SE Queensland in 1988 and likewise the best place to see them around 
>Sydney besides the usual swamps is around the Lantana slopes behind Wollongong 
>or in Royal NP.  I heard one calling a few months ago at the Powerful Owl site 
>near Epping for those that know the locality.  Strickland State Forest 
>Ourimbah is another good spot.  ie. anywhere that has a rainforest with 
>Lantana. Even the lantana around Taronga zoo is a good. 
>Having said that though, all would have to agree that filling in the swamps 
>and drains has a disastrous affect on the local populations of Crake Sp.  
>Tony Palliser  
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