Painted Snipe at Ash Islland, Newcastle, NSW

Subject: Painted Snipe at Ash Islland, Newcastle, NSW
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 13:35:15 +1100
Several observers reported seeing the Painted Snipe on Ash Island at the December meeting of the Hunter Bird Observers Club last week. One observation was that they had been seen mating so they may be there for some time. If traveling north from Sydney take the F3 and Pacific Highway to the bridge over the Hunter at Hexham. Here continue on towards Newcastle rather than go over the bridge. About two kilometres on look for the bridge to Ash Island and Koorgang Wetlands over the South Arm of the Hunter opposite the Hexham McDonald's. From this point continue on the main tar road for 1.5km. At this point the entrance to the model aircraft flying field is on the right. On your left is a privately owned swampy field used to graze cattle. The Painted Snipe have been observed in this field, about 100 to 150 metres from the road in the vicinity an old casaurina tree. some observers have sighted them within a minute, others after two hours. It is largely a question of luck, depending on weather they are out in the open or in long kikuyu grass. If they can not be seen from the road try walking along the path in the regenerated land just to the north of the Snipe field.


Jim Smart.
East Maitland NSW

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