Re: birding-aus ballions crake calls

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Subject: Re: birding-aus ballions crake calls
From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 20:08:46 +1100

Yes, I totally agree with Keith. All crake calls once learned are easy to
distinguish. Spotted, Spotless and Baillon's have all been calling during
the last week or so at McGraths Hill STW. Even the 2 rails that you find
around Sydney are usually heard and easy to distinguish. In particular the
Lewins Rail has atleast 4-5 different calls. One of the calls of the Lewin's
sounds like a galloping horse (refer to the BOC tape's 2 & 3). I have been
fortunate to have heard all the Sydney Rail and Crake calls found on the BOC

I find though through my own experience that  the most vocal were the many
White-browed Crakes I encountered at the Cairns Crocodile Farm near Edmonton
in October, more than a year ago. At the time I also heard Red-necked Crakes
calling at several locations. Even their calls are quite distinguishable
when once learned. It does however take sometime to remember which call
belongs to which bird.

-----Original Message-----
To: bird oz <>
Date: Friday, February 05, 1999 6:15
Subject: birding-aus ballions crake calls

>micheal todd /bird aus
>                               re call difference between ballions
>spotless crakes there is a huge difference Ive heard both
>of them on many occassions if you dont have the set of
>audio tapes put out by BOCA a field guide to australian bird
>        song suggest you get them
>cassette No3 includes all the crakes
>                                                        kbrandwood
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