Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland

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Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland

Postby Oscar Thomas » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:48 pm

This evening I visited Tuff Crater Reserve, located less than 5 minutes from my house. Banded rails have been reported here in the last week but I didn't come across any. To my surprise, a Spotless crake responded to playback in the raupo there and even decided to pop it's head out. Never would have thought I lived so close to this species. Other highlights were an elderly Swamp harrier that posed for photos, and a flock of 18 California quail. Here is the total bird list: https://ebird.org/australia/view/checklist/S43444916

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Re: Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland

Postby zarkov » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:19 pm

I was under the impression that Harriers nest there.

Lovely pics btw.
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Re: Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland

Postby Oscar Thomas » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:23 pm

I believe they do, but I only saw the one bird. It perched several times and circled the crater a lot too.
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Re: Spotless crake & Banded rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland

Postby Oscar Thomas » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:40 pm

I went back here this afternoon and saw two Banded rails well, and also heard 4-5 others. In the raupo areas to the north of the crater there must've been at least 6 Spotless crakes calling. It really is an amazing spot so close to the city.
Over the last week during high tide there has been a Banded dotterel flock on the grass at Warehouse Way nearby, varying from 10-15 birds.
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Re: Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland

Postby CMKMStephens » Mon May 21, 2018 9:31 am

This was excellent advice - going from having never seen a Spotless Crake/pūweto (except in Aust.) to this:

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