Painted Snipe at Herdsman Lake Perth

Subject: Painted Snipe at Herdsman Lake Perth
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 14:44:36 +0800
We checked out the site again this morning. Easy flushed the Painted Snipe from an area of very open typha within metres of where he saw it yesterday. It flew about 100 metres away into typha.

From the car park, walk to the back of the tennis courts and follow the edge of the typha to the left for 50 to 100 metres. There is a swathe cut through the typha which is well grassed with some areas of water in the grass. The area is very muddy. This swathe does a loop around to the left back to the path. The snipe was sheltering in this island of typha, about 2 metres into the typha on the north side. This is a small very sparse area of typha and it in there.

On both days the bird did not flush until Easy was only two to three metres from the bird.

Hopefully it will remain faithful to this site for a while to come. Please let me know of any further sightings.

Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 11:52:30 +0800
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Subject: Painted Snipe at Herdsman Lake Perth

Easy Patterson has reported a female Painted Snipe at Herdsman Lake in Perth this morning (Saturday 18th May).

The location is near the tennis courts off the north end of Herdsman Drive near Jon Sanders Drive. Park in the car park near the tennis courts, and walk around to the left (south) for 100 to 200 metres or so to an area where there are some young trees being grown near the typha reeds. The snipe was in the flooded grass. It flushed into the reeds but didn't go too far, and so hopefully it will stay around for a while. Painted Snipe in the eastern states recently have been site faithful for quite long periods of time.

Frank O'Connor     Birding WA
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