Rank grass?

To: Peter Shute <>, 'birding aus' <>
Subject: Rank grass?
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 02:31:18 +1000
The Macquarie Dictionary, first edition, 1981:

    rank: 1. growing with excessive luxuriance; vigorous and tall growth:
"tall rank grass".

(The Dictionary put "tall rank grass" in italics as an example of a use of
the word.  I can't use italics for b-aus.)

Hope that helps.


> From: Peter Shute <>
> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 18:20:16 +1100
> To: bob moffatt <>, 'birding aus'
> <>, Andrew Thelander <>
> Cc: Stephen Debus <>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Rank grass?
> The mention of rank grass below reminded me that I've been wondering exactly
> what this term means.  I've seen it mentioned in the field guides as habitat
> for some species, but haven't been able to find a proper definition for it,
> other than that certain species are considered to be rank grasses.
> Peter Shute
> ________________________________________
> From:   On
> Behalf Of bob moffatt 
> Sent: Tuesday, 3 February 2009 1:18 PM
> To: 'birding aus'; Andrew Thelander
> Cc: Stephen Debus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Water Hen Goes Nutty!
> I have been monitoring this nest - they are Purple Swamphens, they (both a
> male and female) commenced incubating nuts pre 8th Jan and are still
> sitting!!  I have more photos and considering writing a short note for
> publication, the nest is certainly not the typical Swamphen nest of reed
> stem sections but rather a bowl in somewhat rank grass - that has since been
> mowed (slasher raised to avoid slashing nest!).  I suspect they may have
> lost a clutch of eggs(??) and the nuts are substitutes (?).   I dont know
> whether they gathered the nuts or whether the nuts may have accumulated in a
> depression which may then have enticed them to incubate(?).
> There is a recent report of Black swans incubation glass bottles (see Aus
> Field Ornithology Vol.23 No1. March 2006).
> Bob Moffatt
> There was an article in a recent

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