re: Lewin's Rail - Bicentennial Park/SOPA

To: 'Tim Jones' <>, birding aus <>
Subject: re: Lewin's Rail - Bicentennial Park/SOPA
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:49:09 +1100
 wrote on Friday, 16 January 2009 9:48 AM:

> All,
> I went down there yesterday evening and saw the bird after
> the cold change came through, which showed really well for
> most of the next 45 minutes from 7 p.m.. Also the Spotless
> Crake was on show most of this time.
> Amazing to see such a secretive species absolutely filling the scope.

So what is it about this spot and these birds that is making them come out when 
they normally don't?  Any theories?  Have they been seen there regularly before 

The Lewin's at Mt St Joseph pond in Altona, that showed so well last summer and 
late last year, have not shown themselves since, except for a glimpse two weeks 
ago.  This is despite the pond now being half empty, which would normally be 
perfect conditions.  I suspect that nesting Dusky Moorhens have been keeping 
them away from the open areas, and hopefully that will stop soon, now that the 
young are away from the nests.

Peter Shute

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