Fw: [canberrabirds] Kelly crakes

Subject: Fw: [canberrabirds] Kelly crakes
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 09:53:48 +1100

Should have waited a little longer...
I got to the inlet channel around 6.15 (I believe I passed you Ian on the way) and stayed until 6.45. I saw the Baillon's Crake, which didnt seem to mind wandering around in the open for the duration. A Spotless Crake showed itself several times, and I didnt have to wait long for the immature Buff-banded Rail to show itself. I then got several extended views. I then wandered around to Cygnus hide to watch the Black-winged Stilt. The usual ducks and dotterels were there (as mentioned in the past). On the far shore (SW) I watched another Buff-banded Rail wander in and among the tall grass and mudflat. Other birds in the fringing vegetation of Kelly's Swamp were 2 New Holland Honeyeaters, several Rufous Whistlers, Cisticolas and Double-barred Finches. As I left I heard a Little Corella fly over and encountered Kevin Windle on his way to check out the rails/crakes.

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"Ian Fraser" <>

19/01/2005 06:49 PM

Re: [canberrabirds] Kelly crakes

This evening, 2 Spotteds, plus the Spotless and the juvenile Baillon's. No

Harvey's tree-climbing exploits have given me an idea! (Unfortunately these
days I'm better at ideas than climbing trees; sadly that gives some idea of
how my arboreal aptitude has degenerated.)  Would not an elevated crake hide
at the channel be a wondrous thing?!


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