Fw: Red-legged Crake

Subject: Fw: Red-legged Crake
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 15:19:27 +1000
Red-legged Crake
Some info and comments from John Darnell at the WA Museum.

"Here are the details of the previous record. This Broome individual was written up in Emu 1958 (Vol. 58, p415 - 418) - D.L. Serventy - "A New Bird for the Australian List - The Malay Banded Crake". The bird concerned is now a specimen in the W.A.M collection - a well prepared skin. From article, the crake was first noted on a pearling lugger, when it returned to Broome, July 16 - apparently, the bird had not been seen on the vessel prior to a.m. that day. I can't believe even a rail could secrete itself for long on such a small (rather open) boat. It was obviously weak and emaciated, falling into the sea as vessel was mooring. It died, in care, that night.

The fact that this second record was in May is interesting, probably suggesting that the records are not of Northern migratory birds but regional - maybe Indonesian ones - displaced by drying out of habitats. The lesser Sundas "dry season" would correspond."

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136


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