I have finally seen my longstanding bogey-bird, Lewin's Rail, at the Altona,Vic
site on 13th March, within two minutes of arriving.
However, it was preceded by an extremely frustrating experience on Sarah Is,
Macquarie Is, Tas some 10 days earlier.Walking around the island during the
cruise stop I heard what I guessed (accurately, as it eventuated) was a Lewin's
Rail calling from dense, tangled undergrowth near the penitentary.So we
staked-out the area for about 30 mins but never saw the bird, although at one
stage it was calling about a metre from my feet.Oh well, that's better than my
normal Lewin's Rail searching experience,I thought, I usually get absolutely
But back on board, a couple of ladies form the Echuca BOCA group informed
me they had great views of a Lewin's Rail at the second jetty.That'd be right,
So if the Altona site dries-up, head over to Tassie, get to Strahan, take the
cruise, go to Sarah Is and hope you pick the right spot to stake-out!!
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