Chestnut Rail, Common Redshank Buffalo Creek,Darwin

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Subject: Chestnut Rail, Common Redshank Buffalo Creek,Darwin
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 11:01:50 +1000
Hi Birders

At Buffalo Creek this morning just after dawn, I walked down the boat
ramp, searching the mud on the opposite side of the creek looking for the

Instead of finding the rail, I found a single Common redshank. It's legs
were clearly orange-red and so was the base of it's bill, with a lightly
streaked breast.

I watched as it walked quickly away up the creek to the right, stopping to
probe every now and then, before again quickly walking/running?

It was then that I saw the rail, less than 10 metres away on the right
side of the ramp. It was briefly probing the mud before returning to the
The water was about 2 metres away from the mangroves

A great but unexpected start to the days birding


Jim O'Shea

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