Marsh Sandpipers and Buff-banded Rails

Subject: Marsh Sandpipers and Buff-banded Rails
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 11:24:36 +1000
>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 

Hi Paul

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!

Garbled ramblings .....


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