Buff-banded Rail

Gallirallus philippensis

This beautifully marked bird is another Lake Claremont speciality. It is very secretive and prefers to stay in, or close to the margins of reed beds, so it is not easily seen. Following the removal of the bulrush it has taken up residence close to the eastern shore. It can sometimes be seen on the shoreline of the western island. Early in the day is the best time to find it, as it forages for delicacies. Apparently it enjoys our lake as it is breeding here.

  • Length: 28 - 32cm
  • Clutch Size: 5-8

Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.