Until then I will continue as normal!
This weeks bird is the Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis), a rare example of the a bird where the common name and the reality seem to coincide. This bird is about 20cm long and has the typical reclusive habits of most rails - i.e. it likes hiding in reeds and dense vegetation and only coming out when you are looking in the other direction!
However, this individual must have been a bit of an exhibitionist as it came out on a number of occasions and sat in a rather nice patch of light!
This bird was photographed at that most remarkable location, Werribee Sewage Plant - which despite (or maybe because ) of its nature is a real hot spot for birds.
So, it all its spotless glory, I give you the Spotless Rail.
As ever, these picture look much better larger - so click on them to make them expand.