who needs patience...

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Subject: who needs patience...
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 21:57:16 +1100
Well I simply had to write this note, although this may not be of such a surprise to regular visitors to Sydney's botanical gardens..... How many times have we all waited patiently, sometimes for what seemed an eternity, on the edge of vast wetlands, to see that rail or crake - and normally in the very early hours of the morning (Pitt Town lagoon comes to mind).
Earlier this evening I attended a function run by the NSW Government at Government House which is basically inside the botanical gardens. There would have been a few hundred people present in the grounds. Anyway whilst having cocktails with colleagues a Buff-Banded Rail rushed between our feet and across the path....shortly after it strolled back into our conversation and started pecking at my shoes. It then proceeded to casually walk among the guests seemingly completely oblivious to the crowd!
There you much for those cryptic moments trying to pick out rails among the reeds and weeds!
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