who needs patience...

To: "'Simon Blanchflower'" <>
Subject: who needs patience...
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 20:29:00 +1100

Hi Simon


We had a tamish BB Rail on an outing once at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside. I am pretty sure it was a wild one with no leg bands. These Rails can certainly become tame as other’s have also experienced




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From: [ On Behalf Of Simon Blanchflower
Sent: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 9:57 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] who needs patience...


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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