Re Buff banded rail

Subject: Re Buff banded rail
From: David Berg <>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 11:17:58 +1100 (EST)
Working across the road from the Botanical Gardens, I've been watching the buff 
banded rails there for some time. i spoke to someone from the gardens who said 
they have been resident for at least 7 years, and nest near the herbarium 
building each year. I saw some chicks near the Levy fountain a few years back. 
They were standing in the middle of the path. They are black and fluffy and had 
attracted a large group of tourists, which was just as well, as 2 ravens and a 
currawong were waiting for their chance. Luckily though they made it to the 
undercover. The Gardens person says a lot of the chicks get taken by 
Kookaburras and foxes.
  Anyway, i see them quite regularly in the Gardens, especially near the 
Macquarie Street gates (and even on Macquaire Street!), the Captain Cook 
fountain and near the herbarium. I have a nice photo which I'll upload of one 
which kept trying to raid my lunchbox.

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