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

To: "Paul Dodd" <>, <>
Subject: Definite Lewin's Rail - Mt St Joseph, Altona, Vic
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:06:28 +1100
The Lewin's Rail was seen again several times between 7 and 7.30am from the 
southern viewing platform by 4(?) observers.  It first appeared on the left on 
the opposite bank and headed right, into the reeds, where it was seen moving 
about for a very short while.

It was then seen a little further to the right among the further set of reeds 
before it reappeared opposite the platform and headed to the far left and 
disappeared.  I mostly missed this last appearance due to a pathetic attempt to 
take a photo, but Jack Krohn got a blurry but easily identifiable shot.

The water level has dropped another couple of centimetres and there is now 
quite a lot of mud showing, but still nothing like it was last Saturday 
(21/1/08) when there where Baillon's and Spotted Crakes showing too.  Very soon 
there will be mud showing all around, meaning the rail may pop out anywhere.  
Unless the rain forecast for Wednesday occurs and is substantial then last 
Saturday's conditions might be duplicated.

At least 5 Spotless Crakes were seen today, feeding in the open for long 
periods.  Also Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Black-fronted Dotterels, Greenfinches 
and Goldfinches, Little Grassbirds and Clamorous Reed-warblers were feeding 
around the edges.

Anyone who misses the Lewin's from the southern platform should definitely give 
the northern one a try, but only the right hand corner gives a decent view so 
it's not a good spot for a crowd.

Peter Shute

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