Lewin's Rail

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Subject: Lewin's Rail
From: "Yarden Oren" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 10:25:36 +1000
Early this morning the Lewin's Rail seen briefly at the NW corner of pond 6. Also at the ponds a Spotless Crake (NE corner of pond 6), 4 Freckled Ducks, 6 Blue-billed Ducks and a Little Eagle in a willow tree. On the other side of the road 13+ Black-fronted Plovers and 2 Red kneed Dotterels .
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From: Alastair & Clare Smith [
Sent: Sunday, 27 March 2005 8:36 PM
Cc: 'Nicholas Talbot'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Lewin's Rail

Following the posting of Nicholas Talbot on Birding-Aus, I made two trips to the sewerage ponds today to try and find the Lewin's Rail reported in the NW corner of pond 6.

My first trip mid morning was unsuccessful though I did observe a Spotless Crake. In the later afternoon I went out again. After an hour, with the sun setting and the reflection on the water making viewing through a scope very difficult I decided to have a final scan. There I saw a Lewin's Rail in the South West corner of the pond. It allowed me enough time to make a positive identification before it flew about 20m in the direction of the NW corner.

Following the Painted Buttonquail at Namadgi on Thursday, a second lifer for me in a week.

Regards and happy Easter


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