Re: Crakes at Sherwood FP & Black Bitterns

To: Neil Strode <>
Subject: Re: Crakes at Sherwood FP & Black Bitterns
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 07:09:25 +1000

Not a bad way to start a morning, I was there friday evening and looked
for any crakes but unfortunately I dipped out.  I did see 33 species in
the hour I was there though.  Unfortunately no Black Bitterns either.

can any one shed some light on the locations they have been seen around
the park


John Harris

> G'day all
> I had the good fortune with some friends this morning to get really good
> views of Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake and Buff-banded Rail all in the
> same area on one of the lagoons at Sherwood Forest Park (UBD map ref K18,
> page 178). Since it has been dry for a while, the lower water level has
> exposed more mud-banks where these birds can be observed foraging.
> If you're thinking of going there, early morning may be the best (we were
> there from 7am to 8.30am). The exact location is as follows: walk west (ie
> heading away from the main park area and towards the houses) along the
> pathway that bisects the two lagoons. On the right-hand side, not far from
> the pathway junction, the birds were observed foraging near the edge of the
> water that surrounds the island.
> Among other birds identified while we were there, were many Clamorous
> Reed-Warblers, Little Lorikeets, nesting White-breasted Woodswallows, and
> Nankeen Night Herons.
> What better way to start a Sunday morning!

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