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: David Adams <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:28:14 +1100
> It would be well worth listening to recordings of Lewin's Rails because
> they're easy to hear if they're calling) but much harder to spot. In my
> limited experience, they tend to stay in or very near the reeds, and you
> to be lucky to have one stay out on the mud for a while....

Thanks very much for all of the suggestions regarding the Lewin's - I'm
studying David Stewart's recordings off of the Morcombe app right now.

> I've found the constant scanning helpful for Spotless Crakes too, as they
> to work their way along the edge of the reeds, weaving in and out, only
> visible for a second or two.

Glad you figured out where I actually meant "Spotless"! Your description
matches the one bird we watched perfectly. It's a suprisingly fast little


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