Moorhen or Crake????

To: crompton <>
Subject: Moorhen or Crake????
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 12:03:12 +1000
crompton wrote:

Hi All, I desperately need help ! During a Birding trip through the sandhills at Cronulla, I stopped at the large pond where amongest the Hardheads, both Hoary headed and Australasian Grebes and Purple Swamphens , I spotted a singular waterhen that had the body colour of say a Dusky Moorhen but a very yellowy green beak but no red face shield like that of a Dusky Moorhen. It definitely was not an Australasian Crake as no spots were on the body and I dont think it was a Black tailed native hen as the beak was more slender and the area is way out of range, although the body colour was pretty spot on. Could it have been a immature Dusky Moorhen ( as they dont have the red face shield , I think )? No other Dusky Moorhens were present on the pond ( if in fact it was a Dusky Moorhen ) ? As a side note that whole area holds an extrodinary number of species, that same day I saw a Horfields Bronze Cuckoo and the day before a Brush Bronzewing ! I will submit a bird list at a latter date, thankyou G.L..Crompton

Could it have beena  Lewin's Rail - they are in that area???
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