Banded Land-rail, Wattle Park, Melbourne

Subject: Banded Land-rail, Wattle Park, Melbourne
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 13:59:22 +1000
! And another 2 days later at Cheltenham Park ! (also Melbourne) 

At 9am today I saw a Buff-banded Rail a bit east of the entry
road in a mulched area, dominated by Coast Tea-tree where I was
looking for the resident Common Bronzewings, without success. It
ran east.

This is a "Nobody-would-ever-believe-it" species. Wrong habitat.
No records from City of Bayside or the swamps that were nearby
in the 1940s. But I have seen a few (including a tame one,
rather like that at the Sydney Botanic Gardens) at Braeside

Perhaps it bumped into this area.  As I said on a recent
posting, it is so high for this part of Melbourne that some
species avoid it. 

So please anyone.  Creep up there at dawn tomorrow to check - no
I mean confirm - the sighting.

Michael Norris
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