1 seen sneaking into rushes on the side of a drain at low tide
Banded Rail? Seen inland on the edge of a fresh-water pond. Flew across to a small island with too much grass cover to continue observation.
watched it feeding in mangroves while I was kayaking in late afternoon. Tide was falling.
Saw bird feeding along mudflats prior to photographing feather.
I was excited to photograph this beautiful Gallirallus philippensis (Buff-banded Rail) my first morning on Lord Howe Island. After a few days I realized it's probably the most common land bird on the island.
Pair with young chick feeding on lawn. Observed two dead chicks whilst on island in the same area, possibly territorial behavior?
Seen very late evening and again very early next day on the lawn. Not near usual habitat for this bird.
Banded rails live beside Huia Stream near a one-way bridge. Sometimes they forage on the paddocks. In November 2014 a pair at this location successfully fledged 2 chicks.
The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively coloured, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines (where it is known as Tikling), New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand (where it is known as the Banded Rail or Moho-pereru in Māori), and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.