Painted Snipe at Kaurna wetlands near Adelaide

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Subject: Painted Snipe at Kaurna wetlands near Adelaide
From: Ian May <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 16:03:50 +1030
G'Day Birders

There were two and possibly three Painted Snipe at the Salisbury North
"Kaurna" Wetlands about 20 km north of Adelaide this afternoon.  At
about 1.00 pm. in overcast conditions, an adult male and female were
located resting near the base of Cumbungi reeds adjacent to the southern
(Waterloo Corner rd) embankment.  These birds were timid, freezing
"bittern like" and remaining motionless attempting to hide near
the base of a log about 40 m. from me. 

About 1/2 an hour later when the sun had emerged and the area was bathed
in bright sunlight, an adult female was located standing in the
open near tussock grass about 100 m. east of the first site.  This bird
was more relaxed and allowed me to approach to about 20 m.  It walked
around seemingly quite unconcerned at my presence but eventually flew
off towards where i had seen the pair together.  This female appeared
more brightly marked showing deep chestnut on its nape and neck and was
probably a separate bird from the female seen previously.

John Cox told me that he observed a Painted Snipe at these wetlands
several years ago but these birds were new for my list of the area.  I
wonder if these are additional to the (8) Painted Snipe reported
recently at Onkaparinga wetlands about 60 km south of Kaurna.

As I think someone else pointed out recently, Morcombe's Field guide
incorrectly indicates the female Painted Snipe as a male but the picture
is a good one.

Other interesting birds at Kaurna today were Banded Land-Rail(2),
Japanese Snipe(2), Red-kneed Dotterel(50+), Wood Sandpiper(2) and
Black-tailed Native-Hen (hundreds).


Ian May
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