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
One of the females was markedly bigger than the
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
- 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
- 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.
I was accompanied by temporary Mount Isa resident
Helen Morgan recently from NZ who has taken up Bird Watching with
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW