Dry in South Western Victoria

Subject: Dry in South Western Victoria
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 14:54:51 +1100
Tom Tarrant wrote:

>I've heard 4 'singing' males here at Lake Samsonvale in one evening a couple
>years ago.......seeing them was another story, though!

But Tom, have you ever seen a group of 6 out taking the evening air together
within a few metres?  I thought not.

Bob and I after our chat have concluded that the birds seen were in all 
Spotted Crakes.  The swamp at Belmont Common has been crawling with birders
for the last month; I've been there about once a week in that time.  On my last
visit I walked out into the centre & sat down there for a few hours - plently
of Spotted & Spotless Crakes - but alas no gatherings of Lewin's Rails.

The concentrations of Lewin's Rail reported from Qld (Tom Tarrant), NSW (Rod
Gardner) and South Australia (Tony Russell) are not generally seen/heard here
in south-central Victoria.  They may exist, but are not documented (yet).


Lawrie Conole
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