Definite Lewin's Rail - Mt St Joseph, Altona, Vic

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Subject: Definite Lewin's Rail - Mt St Joseph, Altona, Vic
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 15:52:07 +1100
Lewin's Rail photos have been uploaded. They can be viewed at:

I have run them through a noise reduction program to make them less grainy,
but I haven't bothered processing them in any other way. The bird was
constantly on the move, so I suspect that even if I had the camera on a
tripod I wouldn't have been able to get a sharp image in the available
light. There are several images where you'll see the Rail in the same frame
as Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, a Purple Swamphen and a soft-drink can, so it
should be possible to get a sense of the size.

I think we need someone like Peter Fuller to visit the site to get some
really good shots!

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Melbourne

-----Original Message-----
 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.

Greg Clancy

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