I have photos of the Lewin's Rail that I took this morning. They are very
grainy due to having to set the camera to ISO1600 because of low light. They
are also a little shaky due to hand-holding the camera at 400mm zoom using
1/15s exposure (although I do have image stabilisation). The bird is nervous
enough without using flash to startle it.
The photos were taken for the purpose of ID, if necessary, rather than for
artistic merit. I will upload some, if not all, the images shortly.
On Behalf Of Greg & Val Clancy
Sent: Sunday, 27 January 2008 12:22 PM
To: Ruth Woodrow;
Subject: Definite Lewin's Rail - Mt St Joseph, Altona, Vic
I have seen Baillon's Crakes perching in reeds at Woolooware Swamp, Sydney,
NSW many years back.
Are we going to get to see a picture of this Lewin's Rail? I have a
particular interest in the species as I made some casual studies (which I
hope to eventually have published) on the species at Dharug National Park,
near Wisemans Ferry NSW, in the early to mid 1980s.
I had a 'phone call from Arnold McGill who wanted to visit and to show
Brigadier Officer the Lewin's Rail as it was one of the few species that he
hadn't seen in his long life. The birds were calling well in the morning,
Arnold and the Brigadier arrived just as a massive thunderstorm struck. We
listened and listened and no rails were calling. After some time our
visitors had to depart and shortly after they did the sun came out and the
Lewin's Rail started calling incessantly. I don't think the Brigadier ever
managed to see, or even hear, one.