Kellys Swamp - Buff-banded Rail & other things

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Subject: Kellys Swamp - Buff-banded Rail & other things
From: Harvey Perkins <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 17:24:17 +1100
An afternoon visit to Kellys produced great views of a Buff-banded Rail at the southern end of the swamp (between points 12 & 13 on Geoffreys' map)
It was bathing in shallow water about 2 metres from the shore for 5 minutes or so before stalking off into the undergrowth. Also had a couple of brief views of a Spotless Crake in the channel leading into the swamp (7 on the map).
Other sightings included 2 Shelduck, 11 Pelicans, 2 Royal Spoonbills, 4 Black-fronted Dotterels, 1 Snipe, a Little Eagle and a Sacred Kingfisher. No Freckled Ducks.

A little earlier, at lunchtime, I didn't see either the rail or the Spotless Crake, but did see a Baillon's Crake opposite Cygnus hide in the "reeds at the end of the fence line".

The 2 spoonbills, 2 shelduck, snipe and a Sacred KF were there, but there were only 4 pelicans, and I saw 5 dotterels. I didn't see the Little Eagle. And no Freckled Duck.

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