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August 17 2017

Conservation

Australian Spotted Crake sighted for first time EVER on Rottnest Island

Those who brave the Island during the cooler winter months will probably know that sunny days are plentiful and unique wildlife is more abundant than ever.

If you were on the Island last week in winter, you may even have gone down in history as one of the first to EVER sight an Australian Spotted Crake on Rottnest Island!

Our dedicated Environmental team were lucky enough to spot the rare bird whilst out on the field conducting routine frog monitoring in mid-August.

This week, Birdlife WA have confirmed that this is the first ever record of the species on Rottnest Island which supports recent increasing trends of bush birds within revegetated woodland areas.

We’re excited to see that vast improvements in the health of wetland vegetation across Rottnest Island is now translating into a greater abundance and diversity of wetland birds!

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) is a species of bird in the family Rallidae.

Discover our unique terrestrial fauna, visit http://wildlife.rottnestisland.com