Painted Snipe, 26th Oct.

Subject: Painted Snipe, 26th Oct.
From: Celia & Russell Browne <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:51:10 +1000
The Painted Snipe certainly had a few visitors this morning!  I was
there from 10:20 to about 11:15 AM.

To start with Meryl & I were in the wrong place, at the north end, & 
saw only Latham's Snipe in the first few minutes.  Then Gina & Jenny
came round & said viewing from the fence line was excellent so we moved
to the fence on the east side, near the fattest round post.  Fred &
Chris had just left.

The Painted Snipe was on the mud on the other side, close to a tennis
ball & a plastic bottle with blue label.  It sat, moved slightly,
preened, moved a bit more, preened, turned.
Excellent viewing with a 'scope.  We watched it for about 1/2 hour & it
was still there when we left just after 11 AM.

There appears to be some question as to the sex of this bird!  Now I'm
really confused - is it male or immature female?  Perhaps I'll visit
again Sat AM & an expert will be able to put me right!  As its a first
for me, I have no picture in my mind for comparison.

No doubt there will be a few visitors to the grubby pool over the
weekend.  Cheers,  Celia

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