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Mystery feathers

I found these feathers on Socheong Island on May 26th 2010.  I had found many feathers that year and all were quite easily identifiable- except for these:


Note that the primaries have quite a distinctive shape:


-and the (presumed) secondaries fade into white:


I have been stumped as to their identity for years- they do not match any online wingspreads or field guides for the region. However today I noticed a photo of a Swinhoes Rail on OBC Images(initially linked to on facebook by Mr J Loghry) and it strikes me how similar the pattern is:

Link below:


Perhaps other crakes/ rails have something similar?

Can anyone help as to the identity of this mystery? Opinions welcome!