There's something about being Painted...

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Subject: There's something about being Painted...
From: "Wilsons" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:39:08 +1100
Hi all
Pitt Town Lagoon (NW Sydney, Hawkesbury district) is currently hosting some 
good water birds, with sightings over the last week or so including 2 Ruff and 
2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Freckled Duck, lots of Sharp 
Tailed Sandpipers, 16 Glossy Ibis, Baillons Crake, 3 Lathams Snipe, both 
spoonbills (all there today), and Whiskered Terns, Spotless Crakes and Marsh 
Sandpipers (not there or not seen by me today).  There's an interesting "mixed" 
flock of Chestnut-breasted and Nutmeg Mannikins - interesting because although 
they fly around together, when I observed them feeding last week there was a 
distinct demarcation line between the two species.

However, my dilemma is the Painted Honeyeater that has been reported and 
photographed hanging around the mistletoe-bearing acacias near the reserve 
entrance and by the Friendship Bridge on Pitt Town Bottoms Rd. I've had 2 goes 
for it and dipped twice and am starting to worry that the name "Painted 
whatever" is a curse for me - it took me 8 goes for Painted Snipe before I got 
one and I've had three or four futile forays for them since.  In the last week 
I've had my 4th & 5th (unsuccessful) attempts for a Painted Honeyeater.  Maybe 
it's bird revenge because my first Painted Button Quail was almost a squashed 
Painted Button Quail?  (Saved by my wife saying "I think you're about to step 
on something moving in that long might be a snake".)

Tom Wilson 

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