Views all Canberrans will recognise (30)

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Subject: Views all Canberrans will recognise (30)
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 08:30:08 +1000

Every now and then we have a report of ‘great views’ of some crake or rail at ‘Norgrove Park’ and the cry goes up ‘Where is Norgrove Park?’.  It is easier to say WHERE Norgrove Park is [see ‘Village Cmn’ Yellow Pages map 69 N2] than to say WHAT it is.   It is an open space (perhaps not actually the claimed ‘common’) for the residents of the burgeoning apartment complexes in the area, and also a sieve for the large number of plastic bottles etc that would otherwise come down with the storm water at that point into Lake Burley Griffin.  The lush marshy plantings have attracted quite a bit of bird life to the area.  Over the last year the veg has got a lot taller and denser, and soon walkers on the pedestrian bridges will not see much except veg.  However the dense plantings verge on well-tended lawns, a sign (among many others) warning (one wonders whom) that ‘the sprinklers are activated at 2am’.   So the early morning lawn-walker will probably still be able to see the odd crake or rail having a skulk at what I think, but am not quite sure, is called by the serious biologist the ecotone.  In other places crakes and rails can be surprisingly confiding around human activity, so who knows what might turn up there over time, given the predictable stream of observers.  The cryptic Painted Snipe might be in there somewhere.  See if you can find it.


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