Spotless Crakes at Mt Isa

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Subject: Spotless Crakes at Mt Isa
From: Don and Llane Hadden <>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 21:52:17 +1000
Further to Marc Gardner's account of his birding at Mt Isa with Bob Forsyth, I have spent the last 3 days in my hide at the Clearwater lagoon and have seen the birds they mentioned  but also Buff-banded Rail and Spotless Crake both of which have never been recorded at the Lake before.  I think the Spotless Crake has only been seen once before in Mt Isa at the Sewage Ponds. A Baillons Crake was also present. I was able to photograph all 3 species. In addition to the 6 species of finches Marc mentioned I also saw and photographed Black-throated Finch. Also visiting to drink were flocks of budgies. The Little Grassbird was often in the open and was collecting grasses for nest building.
Don Hadden

Mobile 0439 958220 (Australia)
4/43 Camooweal St, Mt Isa, Qld 4170.
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