Buff-banded Rail and Snakes

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Subject: Buff-banded Rail and Snakes
From: "Dean Cutten" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:37:53 -0500
AUS Birders,


Our resident BB Rail ( which has been seen around our garden area since July
15) is very intrigued with snakes. We have a couple of Red-Bellied snakes
around the place which we know about by the alarm calls of Fairy-Wrens and
Scubwrens. On 2 occassions, we have seen the B-B Rail follow the snake
keeping only a few inches away while it can see it. Yesterday (13/10) the
snake had gone into a thick area where the  Rail could not see it. The Rail
anticipated where it might reappear and hurried around the area waiting for
it to show, which indeed it did. It's been fascinating to watch this


The Rail has become much less timid since we first observed it. One can
generally walk around and it does not bother to move and goes on feeding. It
is a very relaxing bird to watch as it methodically works over an area. 



Dean Cutten


Victor Harbor, SA



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