Australian painted snipes at Wanganella swamp, NSW.

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Subject: Australian painted snipes at Wanganella swamp, NSW.
From: Philip Maher <>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 19:24:59 +1100
The Wanganella swamp, about 40 km north of Deniliquin, NSW, just keeps on
giving. Today there was a pair of Australian painted snipe ? the first I
have seen at that locality for decades. Also, about half a dozen Latham¹s
snipe were seen, dozens of pairs of black-winged stilts and quite a few
red-kneed dotterels are nesting, as are half a dozen pairs of royal
spoonbills. A pair of  brolgas that nested at the swamp has two young, which
are now about two weeks old. Many thousands of pairs of straw-necked ibis
have formed a rookery and an Australasian bittern was heard calling on
Saturday. The ?powers that be¹ are making a concerted effort to maintain
water levels in the swamp so these breeding events should be successful.


Philip Maher
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