Buff-banded Rail & 2004 highlights

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Subject: Buff-banded Rail & 2004 highlights
From: "Ian Fraser" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 20:48:58 +1100
I couldn't resist Steve's message, as B-b R is one of those anomalies that have consistenly evaded me in the ACT, despite the well-meaning (?!) folk who assure me that they're abundant and easy. Needless to say, no rails appeared (other than the Eternal Three), though I can raise Steve's pelican count to 16. Yesterday morning's Freckled Duck was not in evidence either; another goner since then seemed to be the Great Egret.

On 2004 highlights; since I used to ask for them, I suppose I'd better respond now.

For the ACT, it would have to be the moment on my first visit to Bibaringa when, while delighting in my first ACT Peaceful Doves I had the familiar feeling - I was seeing what I expected to see, rather than what was really there. On this occasion though it was All Good - I was actually seeing Diamond Doves.

Nationally, maybe the lovely Lewin's Rail, as a lifer in C'wealth Park, of all unlikely places (and in the sleet!)? (My only newie for the year, other than a feral which I'm not admitting to, and which I wouldn't mention now if not for witnesses.) I think I'd go though for the dead tree in windy and still droughted Welford NP in SWQ, with a mixed flock of 20-30 Pied and Black HEs.

Happy birding all, though I feel somewhat guilty, as I did after the fires, to be indulging in something so frivolous and enjoyable in such dark times.

Ian Fraser,  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Wordsmithing
GPO Box 3268, Canberra, ACT 2601
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