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    Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)

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    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),[2] and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.

    It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region.[3]

    The Buff-banded Rail is an omnivorous scavenger which feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse. Its nest is usually situated in dense grassy or reedy vegetation close to water, with a clutch size of 3-4. Although some island populations may be threatened, or even exterminated, by introduced predators, the species as a whole appears to be safe and its conservation status is considered to be of Least Concern.

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    Senior Member Grey Wolf's Avatar
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    Gallirallus, the genus that also includes such rarities as The Lord Howe rail, Weka, Guam Rail. Interesting that so any species in this genus are flightless. Nice photo

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    very nice! I really like how you've isolated the focus on the subject here. normally I'm shooting downward at birds on the ground which gives some of the land in the plane of focus, but your ground angle shot really does very very nice here. are you using any kind of ground tripod or anything?

    the black/white striping on them reminds me of a transplanted species we have out here, the Chukar:

    not related to the rail as far as I'm aware, but just an observation on the markings.

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    THanks Wolf and ALoicious.

    Lens was set on the window sill of the driver's door and I was shooting a good 9m away pointing down towards the shoulder of the road.
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