Buff-banded Rails in metro Perth

To: "John Graff" <>
Subject: Buff-banded Rails in metro Perth
From: "Robyn" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 18:55:13 +1000
Sorry John, I can't tell you anything about Perth, but thought it may be interesting to know an area of Brisbane where I observed them one day last year. I was driving in Rocklea, an industrial suburb to the west, and stopped at traffic lights on an extremely busy road - lots of heavy trucks and semis. Whilst some lanes of traffic were stopped, with others still moving, out came a Buff-banded Rail and calmly pecked amongst the blue metal gravel well out into the intersection! I thought I was seeing things!

There is actually a creek which floods (if it were ever to rain again) within about two hundred metres. I wondered what it might be finding to eat, and could only come up with the possibility of dead insects having fallen off cars the previous night.

It is amazing how some creatures continue to make a living in suburban habitat.


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