Black-tailed Nativehen in Melbourne again

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Subject: Black-tailed Nativehen in Melbourne again
From: Vin Lam <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 08:04:50 +1000

If anybody is interested in seeing the black-tailed nativehen in
melbourne, there is one in Jawbone, at the exact same location
as reported in birdline last year.

From the Ibis hide, walk west about 300 metres. The line of
houses should end on the right. Right where it ends, there should
be a large bush between you and the other ibis rookerie. The
narkie stays around there. From about 100 metres before you get
to this point, you should be able to he it feeding in the grass
between this bush in the footpath. If its there there is no way
you can miss it. Smaller than a moorhen and the rooster type tail
on it. It will dart into the bushes if you come to close. When that
happened, I just sat still and was able to view feeding it from about
10m away.

THere were more of them last time and they hung around for a couple of months, maybe never left, but this time I only saw one. I am not sure, but should be there for a while.


Vin Lam, Melbourne Australia
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