Buff-banded Rail, Gallirallus philippensis.
Early one morning in Mid December 2008, I was at Warriewood wetland (NSW) and came across my first Buff-Banded Rail. This bird was dashing from undergrowth to another undergrowth, looking for food. It was always on the move. Light was so low that it was impossible to capture a sharp image of this fast moving shy creature.
I was pleasantly surprised during this recent visit to Penguin Island (Western Australia), where so many Buff-banded rail can be seen in the bright daylight. They seem to be very tame.
This photo was taken at the picnic area just outside the visitor Centre of Penguin Island. Taken at a low angle, where I was lying on the ground, resting my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens on my backpack. The low angle shots, give us a more up close and personal feel to the picture.
The light was a little hash around mid day. Unfortunately the ferry service to Penguin Island does not allow us to stay on to wait for softer light during the evening.
More than a year’s wait, finally got lucky with the Buff Banded Rail.
Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens