Is this an outstanding year for crakes and rails for some reason?

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Subject: Is this an outstanding year for crakes and rails for some reason?
From: robert morris <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 03:32:37 +0000
There are a lot of crakes and rails being seen in SEQ at the moment. Possibly 
more than normal. The same is certain for Australian Painted Snipe which seek 
out similar habitats. I suspect it is a combination of 2 things:
a) 3 good wet summers in a row in SEQ, and inland Qld, allowing habitat to 
rejuvenate and birds to breed well b) a dry spring and early summer exposing a 
lot of muddy edges so the birds are more visible.
I am sure a lot of the rails/crakes were here anyway (e.g. I have heard a lot 
of Bush-hens, Spotless Crakes and Lewin's Rails over the last 3 years) - we're 
just seeing more as muddy edges are exposed giving ideal viewing conditions.
Rob Morris 


Brisbane, Australia 

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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Is this an outstanding year for crakes and rails 
> for some reason?
> The arrival of Baillon's Crake, a bird seldom recorded in Tasmania, is quite 
> conceivably the result of dispersal after good inland breeding.  Jez, I think 
> the higher reporting rate of crakes in general at Gould's Lagoon, however,  
> simply reflects a) the geater search effort by observers wishing to see the 
> rarity, and b) considerably lower water levels than preceding years, meaning 
> crakes are much more visible while feeding on exposed mud.
> If the arrival of Baillon's Crake is the precursor to a dispersal of 
> 'mainland' species not usually present here in Tasmania, happy days!
> Cheers,
> Paul

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