re: Rails and Crakes

Subject: re: Rails and Crakes
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 18:27:35 PST
That is an issue I feel should receive a lot of attention the use of 
taped calls. I do not condone this method at all and would indeed feel 
ashamed to claim a bird by such method. It would be interesting to see 
what the other users feel about this method of birdwatching. 
Comments welcome
Jon Wren

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>I would suggest that Lewin Rail is in fact a fairly common species 
>much of its range in Eastern Australia.  I would even go as far as to 
>they are more common than Swamphens.  Certainly in Sydney and Brisbane 
>can be found in many localities if you try hard enough.   
>One of the tricks to locate them is to find significant stands of 
>'Lantana' and play a tape and not always at low altitude and not always 
>swampy areas.  I recall finding them at 5 locations between Mt Glorious 
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>Nebo in SE Queensland in 1988 and likewise the best place to see them 
>Sydney besides the usual swamps is around the Lantana slopes behind 
>or in Royal NP.  I heard one calling a few months ago at the Powerful 
Owl si=
>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 
>and drains has a disastrous affect on the local populations of Crake 
>Tony Palliser  

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