Coastal Sightings - Buff-banded Rail

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Subject: Coastal Sightings - Buff-banded Rail
From: "Rod's Gardening" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 23:30:01 +1100
Birding highlight of a  week at the coast was a Buff-banded Rail.  I would have thought these would be usually be associated with dense swampy habitat, but this one had been hanging around a well ordered garden in suburban Long Beach for a week.  It was crouched low in the pumpkin patch but would stretch tall to take grubs, spiders or whatever from the underside of the vine leaves, then move about to other parts of the garden, but disappear when harassed by Magpies, Bowerbirds etc.  Certainly a nice first for me.
A couple of other firsts were a pair of Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters along the Buckenbowra River, and hearing the call of the Azure Kingfisher for the first time despite numerous previous sightings.
Rod Mackay
Tel.  0407 456 330
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