This bird is endemic to Australia, and is found mainly in the South-east and South-west, always near water. It was not seen at the lake for many years, but reappeared following the replacement of bullrush with native reed species. Look for them early or late in the day, probing for food in the soft mud close to reedbeds. Although normally secretive, they are somewhat bolder than our other two crake species.
Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.