>Swan Hill (NW Vic), for example) - I suspect we could add Buff-banded Rail and
>Marsh Sandpiper to the list. In the last two weeks, I have seen Buff-banded
>Rail at Lake Cowal (near West Wyalong, NSW), Banyule Flats (suburban Melbourne,
>2 birds), and near Stanhope (central Vic). I can't recall having seen any
>the last few years, despite repeated visits to all the aforementioned
You just were blind before getting the Swarovskis to help you out!
But seriously I suppose you could be right about BB Rail. I saw one at Apollo
Bay recently, and there are only 2-3 previous records for that Otway coast.
They're thick on the ground at Bendigo sewage farm as Chris & you have found
out. I've seen a few others I can't quite recall locations for too. Perhaps
they're just responding to habitat changes which are in their favour. My
recently is that the ones I've seen are much less timid than I recall from the
past. Maybe existing birds are becoming habituated to observers???
In the first 5 years I spent birding from the late 70s, the BB Rail was
of a bogey bird for me. I couldn't find one no matter how much I tried. After
seeing my first one on the footpath outside a milk bar in Dunolly (central Vic),
it all became much easier!
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