Crake Delights

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Subject: Crake Delights
From: "Lynn Jenkin" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 17:26:00 +1100
Hi again

There is a "Birding God" after all. I returned , armed with video camera,
film and back up battery, to Ash Island. The Crakes were in the same spot as
yesterday. The Baillon's , I was able to film as close as 2 metres as it
sauntered in front of me. The Spotted was on the other side of the small
pond and was able to get good shots also at around 4 metres. As I was
filming the Spotted Crake it suddenly scurried into the reeds, I looked up
just in time to see a Swamp Harrier pulling out of its dive, I don't know
who got the biggest fright. It certainly didn't look like it knew that there
was a person hidden in the reeds!
Also whilst in hiding the Purple Swamp Hen nearly landed on me!

A bonus filming was the very obliging Little Grass Bird , feeding out on the


Dick Jenkin

> 3. Ash Island
> Australian Spotted Crake    1
> Baillon's Crake                    1   viewed in full sun at about 4
> until Spotted chased it away. Justice was done when a Purple Swamp Hen
> chased away the Spotted.
> As is also often the way with new birds , and good views of them , my
> camera was at home in the cupboard. Might try again on Ash Island tomorrow
> as water level is so low they will no doubt be easy to see again. Then
> ?

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