Buff-Banded Rail

Buff-banded Rail

There were plenty of visiting and resident birds around the little cottage where we stayed on Lord Howe. Our most frequent companion was the Buff-banded Rail, who walked purposefully about looking for snails, insects, seeds or scraps, and engaged in rather exciting mating behaviour when the female called. This bird also lives on the mainland, but like other birds on Lord Howe it is quite unafraid there, so it was easy to photograph. Our hostess Ginny Retmock put food out for the Silver-eyes each morning, so the resident Rails clustered under the feeder hoping to catch something, which is where they were when this photo was taken.

9 thoughts on “Buff-Banded Rail

  1. A very interesting looking bird. Looks like a cross between something else, but I can’t figure out what that is. (smile) Senior Moment. (smile)


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