Baillon's Crakes

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Subject: Baillon's Crakes
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 22:02:54 +0000
Hello All
There were half a dozen Baillon's Crakes at Fogg Dam a few weeks ago, 
along with the usual White-browed Crakes and Jacana. 

The occasional Mangrove Gerygone is still breeding at Leanyer Swamp, and 
Red-headed Honeyeaters are nesting at the nearby sewage pond. A brave 
pair of Brown Honeyeaters tried nesting in my front yard but the nest was 
soon discovered by Rufous-banded, Red-headed, Dusky and White-gaped 
Honeyeaters, all of whom decided they simply couldn't resist a peek. An 
irate parent chased the Dusky grappling with it in mid-flight. Next day 
the nest was abandoned.
My pond is popular at the moment, mostly with Rufous-banded Honeyeaters 
who regularly take a dip.  Most of my native trees are infested with a 
range of leaf-eating fauna.  They don't look particularly pretty but the 
honeyeaters, Green-backed Gerygone and other birds are having a ball.

Zitting Cisticolas are quite easy to see well at this time of year.  I 
usually go to Leanyer Swamp with a seat and and a flask of coffee, and 
sit in the grass watching them and anything else that comes along eg 
snakes. My Kunwinjku relatives think this is a bit strange - must be the 
white side of my ancestry!  Heavens knows what they'd make of twitchers!


Denise Goodfellow  (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)

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