Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) – my first sighting of this highly-patterned bird (lifer # 187). I was actually lucky to see it, as I was sitting down waiting for a Forest Kingfisher to return to the area. This bird poked its head out of some reeds, I recognised it was a new species, moved slightly and it went back into the reeds. I laid down and waited for about 10 minutes until it finally came back out, this time I was able to snap a few shots. It certainly knew I was there, but kept its distance and a wary eye on me as it searched for food. Lake Eden, North Lakes, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/7.1 ISO 2000 @ 690 mm (effective FL)
The Buff-banded Rail is a very quick running bird and loves darting into cover when disturbed, but i was lucky enough to get some lovely shots. Herdsman Lake, Perth
Photographer: Ken Russell
I was with Birdlife East Gippsland group on the weekly Monday morning outing at Cobblers creek in Bairnsdale area when I spotted this bird hiding in the reeds on the side of the creek. I went up closer and he moved out and I managed some very close shots of what is usually a shy bird. He moved slowly and did not seem to mind 3 or 4 people up close.
I took this photo in March 2016 using a Nikon D7100, Nikon F4 300mm and a Nikon 1.4tc. iso 1000, 1/640 sec, F5.6.
Photographer: Eric Tadina
This one lives in our backyard...Brisbane