Bashful beauty seeks privacy in Perth's beds

"Some of Perth's most beautiful birds can also be the hardest to get a good look at.

One of these is the elusive and fleet-footed buff-banded rail, which dashes for the cover of the nearest reed bed whenever it spots an intruder and is often mistaken for less shy birds such as coots and moorhens.

So although it is relatively common in wetlands in all but the driest regions of Australia, many people never see, or only catch glimpses of, this striking yet well camouflaged bird."

Read another from Peter Hancock's "Birds of Perth" series on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

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