Snipe at Lake McClarty
Frank O'Connor <>
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:36:42 +0900
Mark Newman has reported a snipe sp. at Lake McLarty yesterday (Wed
14th). See details below. It is probably Pin-tailed but unless you
see it in the hand you can't be certain. Pin-tailed Swinhoe's and
Latham's have been found in the south west as rare vagrants in the
past. Noone has reported any further sighting of the possible
Northern Pintail seen by Alan Collins, but there is probably a group
going down there this weekend to have a further look.
Subject: Lake McClarty
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:37:42 +0900
From: "Mark Newman" <>
Every time i see the Long Toed Stints recorded
there i pop down to try & see them.
No Luck again. Was there for nearly 4 hrs. But i did see the
14 Whiskered Tern
2 Male Chestnut Teal
15 Australian Spotted Crake
2 Spotless Crake
2 Pectoral Sandpiper
20 Curlew Sandpiper
5 Black Tailed Godwit
3 Marsh Sandpiper
1 Pin tailed Snipe
i know its hard to split the species but i got within 3 mtrs of this bird
twice. Followed every time it got flushed out. Didn't make a sound when
it did get flushed.Hiding between the Reeds & the tussocks on the far
side of the lake i had very good views of the Bird.
Darker rusty Brown colouring compared to the Latham's.
Feet hanging out when in flight.
larger than a Sharp Tail & looks like a mini Godwit.
Use to seeing Snipe in the UK.
i have checked my books & internet all day yesterday & am nearly
100% certain it was a pin tailed.
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