Mysteries call at lake Connewarre

To: Vella <>, "" <>
Subject: Mysteries call at lake Connewarre
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 16:51:11 +1000
Vella wrote:
> Last Sunday before dusk at Reedy Lake, myself and Ian heard an unusual
> call coming from a small raodside swamp. It sounded like a "coughing
> two syllable call". Would anyone have a clue what it might have been?
> Whatever was making this call, was hidden in some small shrub. My
> guess is that it may have been some variation in the call of one of
> the crakes.
> Edwin Vella
Might be a Spotless Crake - described by Reg Johnson as sounding like
someone repeatedly failing to start a motor mower...
cachufff!..cacchufffuff!.. etc.  (But it doesn't swear!) 
We used to have them in our local park - more heard than seen.
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe, Vic.
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