Resident Rail?

To: "Sonja Ross" <>, "birding aus" <>, <>
Subject: Resident Rail?
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:16:18 +1000
David Clark wrote: "... Lord Howe Island is definitely the place to see Buff-banded Rails! I think that the Lord Howe Rails have been able to exploit an environmental niche and their range and behaviour is quite different to mainland birds."

I think David's comment probably applies to rails widening their niches in many island habitats - I recall the Buff Banded Rails on Heron Island in 1993 practically being residents of the resort dining room and the waiters telling us that they had to shoo them off the butter. We had one in our cabin...which was a bit of a surprise when I came out of the bathroom.
Tom Wilson

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