Mount St Josephs Pond

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Mount St Josephs Pond
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:37:45 +1100
Hi Peter,

The Baillon's Crake was directly across from the platform on the open ground
at the edge of the water.  The Spotless Crake was more difficult, being at
the far eastern end of the ponds, over the far side of the water.  This was
the only good looking habitat for crakes (wet mud next to dense vegetation)
and so I spent most of my time looking there.  I would think your best bet
is to focus on the open mud areas at the base of reeds and dense veg rather
than scan the whole edge.


On Jan 22, 2008 1:34 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:

>  wrote on :
> Where did you see them, Chris?  I've spent quite a bit of time down
> there since the rain filled it up on Saturday night, and despite
> scanning the reeds slowly and thoroughly I barely saw anything move,
> just the occasional swamphen, moorhen or reed-warbler.
> You may well be right about mornings being best, as that's when I had my
> last good sighting, but I'm wondering how much luck is involved too.
> And possibly skill, although I don't know what I can do to look harder
> than I already am.  I sometimes wonder if my slow scanning is causing me
> to miss the birds that pop out and back while I'm not looking.
> Peter Shute

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