Buff-banded Rail, MARTIN PLACE, Sydney

To: Paul Dodd <>
Subject: Buff-banded Rail, MARTIN PLACE, Sydney
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 12:29:06 +1100
Buff-banded Rails are a bit more common in urban environments than many people recognise. I used to regularly see one wandering around the entrance of Dubbo, NSW airport of an evening. It appeared to be not at all put off by the comings and goings of vehicles. It was particularly active in the Bogong moth season.

I have also been watching for several years, a pair that hang out at the end of Lakeview Ave, Gorokan, on the NSW Central Coast. Their territory is where the street meets the shore of Tuggerah Lake and is a popular spot for people to lunch in their cars. The BBRs happily compete with the gulls for the scraps. It is amazing how they have survived the Council's efforts to "clean up" the area by slashing down the lake-edge vegetation. After a particularly vigourous "clean up" recently, which looked more like a US Army de-vegetation in the Vietnam war, I thought " ah well. that"s it for the BBRs". I was amazed to find the little blighters were back a couple of weeks later. They are a very tough little bird and I would not be surprised to see them in Martin Place.


Carl Clifford

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