who needs patience...

Subject: who needs patience...
From: Lynn <>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 18:13:33 +1100
Hi Simon , Edwin and all

Once on Lady Elliott Island I was sitting at the picnic table eating a plate of chips and a Buff banded Rail shot up between my legs and pinched a chip off my plate !! Depends what they are used to I suppose ..

Dick Jenkin

Dungog NSW

Edwin Vella wrote:

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


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Simon
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

There you much for those cryptic moments trying to pick out
rails among the reeds and weeds!



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