Painted Snipe at Mount Isa

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Subject: Painted Snipe at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 20:42:46 +1000
G'day all,
A brief note to advise that today, I was able to take some acceptable photographs of Painted Snipe (2M + 2F)
They were at the waters edge when we drove up, but then moved into the shelter of dead timber laying a few metres away.
One of the females was markedly bigger than the other.
The location was one I rarely visit but was via my favourite Wide Bay.
For the info of possible visitors the normal access is closed because of major works duplicating the pipe line.
But I found another very disused track that had not been used for many years. Unfortunately on the way out I staked an almost new tyre. grrrrr !
Of the 60 odd other species we recorded
- Great-crested Grebes (70 - 80) .. in one raft ! (including many juveniles)
- Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (many 100s)
- Marsh Sandpipers (dozens)
- Black-tailed Godwits (10 - 20)
- Red-necked Stints (10 - 15)
- Black Swans (lots -including a pair with 5 cygnets)
- 4 species of Cormorants including 100 & 100s of Little Black
- Coots (1000s)
- Jabiru (1)
- Wandering Whistling-Duck (1)
- Black-tailed Treecreeper (2)
- Hooded Robin (1)
- Grey Shrike-thrush (1)
- Oriental Plover (60 - 100)
It is several years since I have recorded Painted Snipe in this same general area.
A check of the  Birding-Aus archives  returned very few PS records reported this year.
I was accompanied by temporary Mount Isa resident Helen Morgan recently from NZ who has taken up Bird Watching with zeal.
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
ps Refer for interesting Bird sightings, Gazetteer, ID tables etc, etc.
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