Spotless Crake on Torrens

Subject: Spotless Crake on Torrens
From: Ian Lundy <>
Date: Tue, 07 May 1996 11:29:52 +1030
I thought that Adelaide members of the list may be interested to know that a 
SPOTLESS CRAKE has been seen on 
the Torrens on Sunday and Monday.  This is an unusual siting for Adelaide.  The 
bird was brought to my 
attention by David Radnell who saw it on the mudbank under the footbridge on 
Sunday afternoon.  I went looking 
for it yesterday (Monday) after work and only had to wait a few minutes before 
it wandered out of the reeds and 
onto the mudbank.  Apparently on Sunday it was being even more cooperative.  

For those of you that don't know the area well and would like to find the bird. 
 At the northern end of the 
University Footbridge (between Frome Rd and King William Rd) there is a mudbank 
which is used by a lot of 
silver gulls and black ducks amongst other things. Next to the river bank, 
there is grass and reeds for the 
first few metres.  The crake has been seen at the edge of the reeds running out 
onto the mudbank.  I saw it by 
sitting on the river bank overlooking the mudbank and waiting.

This was a tick for me - on the Torrens!  It's ironic that after all of my 
trips to Bool, Tolderol, Greenfields 
and St Kilda I finally find a spotless crake on a rubbish covered mudbank in 
the Torrens that the council would 
like to get rid of.

Happy crake hunting.

Ian Lundy

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