Ground dweller

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Vanessa.iles
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Ground dweller

Can anyone help me to identify this little bird that has been running around our backyeard and totally freaking out our two hens? He is a fantastic runner, puts his head down and is fast. Seems very unfazed by the screams from my chooks.

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Looks like a Buff-banded Rail to me.

Araminta
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to me too NathancheekyBuff-banded Rail.

M-L

Vanessa.iles
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Thanks for that speedy reply. Any suggestions, should we contact WIRES? Not sure if he is in the right place. Ta vanessa

Can anyone help me to identify this little bird that has been running around our backyeard and totally freaking out our two hens? He is a fantastic runner, puts his head down and is fast. Seems very unfazed by the screams from my chooks.

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Are you nearby a national park or undisturbed lake?

Vanessa.iles
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We re surrounded by bush and about 2km from a dam on northern beaches of Sydney called Manly Dam. smiley

Can anyone help me to identify this little bird that has been running around our backyeard and totally freaking out our two hens? He is a fantastic runner, puts his head down and is fast. Seems very unfazed by the screams from my chooks.

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I think he's perfectly fine then.

Vanessa.iles
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Excellent, thanks for your help. I better have a word to my chooks then. 

Can anyone help me to identify this little bird that has been running around our backyeard and totally freaking out our two hens? He is a fantastic runner, puts his head down and is fast. Seems very unfazed by the screams from my chooks.

GregL
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I had one in my garden for a summer years ago - it scared away all the blackbirds, for some reason other birds don't like them around. It never came back.

Vanessa.iles
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Yeah you are right, all the backyard birds really don't like him although i am pleased to say that after three days the hens have stopped screaming and now just hang out with him and chase him around from time to time. He isn't bothered in the slightest.gorgeous little thing.

Can anyone help me to identify this little bird that has been running around our backyeard and totally freaking out our two hens? He is a fantastic runner, puts his head down and is fast. Seems very unfazed by the screams from my chooks.

Woko
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You're very lucky to have such a wonderful native bird in your backyard, Vanessa. Not every one can lay claim to such an occurrence. It seems that your hens have learned that it poses no threat to them. Co-existence seems to be working very well.

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