Painted Snipe on Gunghalin Drive

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Subject: Painted Snipe on Gunghalin Drive
From: "Julian Robinson" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:25:08 +1100

Interesting New Year sighting – Lindsay Nothrop and I were on our way to Mulligans at 7am to see the Freckled Ducks.  Beside Gunghalin Drive Lindsay saw a suspected Little Bittern on the edge of a tiny pond beside the road, just opposite the intersection with Wells Station Rd.  We went back but not finding anything, I walked into the vegetation on the far side of the pond and two Painted Snipe flushed, descending into the wetland again about 70m away - definitely not Lathams.  I think the wetland is part of Gungaderra Grasslands Nature Reserve.


At Mulligans a single Freckled Duck (my first, at last) on the big dam together with 11 Pink-eared, 6 Shovellers, Hardheads and many young A Grebes. Also a juvenile Peregrine and a juv Scarlet Robin.





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