Lewin's Rail

To: Murray Lord <>
Subject: Lewin's Rail
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 18:30:48 +1000

Hi Murray,

Found Lewin's Rail in Castlecrag this morning, about 6 km. nne. of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for those that don't know.

It was reported some time ago and (presumably the same bird) became the unintended victim of a trap, three nights in a row. At the time it was identified as a Quail by the trappers (Council Staff). I had my doubts.

Today I heard it call several times - "jek, jek, jek, jek, jek" and on two other occasions it gave distinctive but soft, pig-like grunts, two at a time.

It was finally found by myself and members of the local bush regen. group, feeding beneath dense Lantana. Fleetingly, it came into the open in order to pass from one area of Lantana to another. We had a brief but very close view while it was in the open.

I should also let you know that we will be publishing "The Birds of Willoughby" in the next few weeks. It is illustrated with some lovely photographs and will describe the status of the 145 species that have been found here during the past 25 years. Despite its suburban nature, Willoughby has been home to, or has been visited by, such interesting species as Brush-turkey, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Osprey, Pacific Baza, Black Falcon, Square-tailed and Black Kites, Buff-banded Rail, Wompoo, Rose-crowned and Superb Fruit-Doves, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Swift Parrot, Powerful Owl, Noisy Pitta etc., etc.. And now a Lewin's Rail.

Regards, Andy

Andy Burton's Bush Tours
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NSW  2069

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