More Crakes in Crace Pond

To: Duncan McCaskill <>, canberra birds <>
Subject: More Crakes in Crace Pond
From: John Brown <>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:09:55 +0000


I didn't see any Spotted Crakes, Dotterels or Grassbirds at Crace today, although I wasn't there long. However, I did see two Baillon's Crake's (see attached bad-but-recognisable photo), a Richard's Pipit, 2 or 3 Reed Warblers (fleeting glimpses, but near constant calls) and the rest. The crake's were in the central alley through the reeds, so difficult to see but I was lucky enough that they popped out the end for a few moments to get a good view and this snap, if only my camera had been on the right setting…





From: Duncan McCaskill [
Sent: Friday, 13 September 2013 9:33 PM
To: canberra birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] More Crakes in Crace Pond


Back in early July I reported an Australian Spotted Crake in Crace pond. I went back there today and again found a Spotted Crake, as well as a Baillon's Crake. (Others have found several Spotted Crakes there. I have only managed one.)


For those who don't know where Crace Pond is, it is a very new artificial wetland in the area bounded by Gundaroo Drive, Abena Ave, Chance St and Digby Cct. It doesn't appear on Google Maps imagery. It is so new that the water plants are still in neatly planted rows.


There were also at least 4 Black-fronted Dotterels, a number of Reed Warblers singing loudly, a Little Grassbird, Pacific Black Ducks, Hardheads, Grey Teal, Coots & Moorhens.


Inline images 1





Description: IMG_8405-1.jpg

This is the email announcement and discussion list of the Canberra 
Ornithologists Group.
Please ensure that emails posted to the list are less than 100 kB in size.
When subscribing or unsubscribing, please insert the word 'Subscribe' or 
'Unsubscribe', as applicable, in the email's subject line.
List-Post: <>
List-Help: <>
List-Unsubscribe: <>
List-Subscribe: <>
List archive: <>
List manager: David McDonald, email <>
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU