A most beautiful neighbour of mine, the Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is rarely seen because it is very shy and cautious during the day. It stays close to dense brush and is quick to disappear into cover if it feels intrusion into its private space. It’s more active under cover of night. The Buff-Banded Rail is found almost all around Australia but rarely in the dry inland. It’s range extends through Papua-New Guinea to the Philippines and many Pacific Islands. When I do see this bird, I feel very privileged!

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