Swimming behaviour in rails

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Subject: Swimming behaviour in rails
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 20:42:32 +1000
Hi all,

Thought I'd tap into the collective consciousness.  I was birding in Boonah
near Brisbane on the weekend and saw a rail in a dense cluster of reeds near
the information centre.  In south-east QLD my first thought is always
Buff-banded Rail, as this is the common option around here.  However when
this rail saw me it proceeded to *swim* away from me, something I've never
seen before.  I only had a very brief look, and the overall impression was
of a bird with little or no pattern on the front (I didn't get a look at the

So... has anyone had any experience with either Bush Hen, Buff-banded or
Lewin's Rails swimming?  I'm sure from the shape and size of the bird that
it wasn't a Baillon's Crake, and the bird was quite brown.

Brisbane, QLD

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