Another unusual call?

To: Tom Tarrant <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Another unusual call?
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:18:36 +0930
on Bush Hen calls - several years ago while studying environmental science,
my class mates and I caught a Bush-hen in an Elliot trap at Holmes Jungle
near Darwin.  We took it back to the university where I called a birder some
might remember - John McKean - to see whether he could identify its call.
 His best guess was Silver Gull!

One of my most pleasant memories of the bird was sitting in Holmes Jungle
with a friend - a barrister who'd come from down south to defend a friend of
mine against a spurious case brought, as we later discovered, by a couple of
over zealous cops.  I think we were both feeling pretty miserable about the
whole business.

It was sunset and the sky visible through the canopy was burnt orange. We
were drinking a nice red.  All around us we could hear Bush-hen calling.
Our worries about Sue's fate and the unjustness of it all gradually
disappeared.  It was a wonderful night, until we discovered that the gate
was locked!  No problem.  We walked to a friend's home, rang a taxi and I
returned the next day to collect the car.


on 1/12/11 3:45 PM, Tom Tarrant at  wrote:

> Would like to notify that today's mystery call (
> has been solved by Nick
> Leseberg, it is (of course) a (Pale-vented) Bush-hen *(Amaurornis moluccana)
> *
> Well done Nick,
> Tom


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