Lake Road A Painted-snipe

To: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Subject: Lake Road A Painted-snipe
From: Julian Teh <>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 06:47:58 +0000
Watching them right now; they flew away from the island and have been sitting preening by the fence for about half an hour now. Chicks seem unlikely!


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On 3 Feb 2017, at 5:16 pm, David McDonald (personal) <> wrote:

Yesterday afternoon I observed the two adults at the right-hand end of the island. After a while they both moved to the water's edge and fed in the mud there. They then moved slowly, together, along the water's edge, feeding as they went, until almost the other end of the island. Before perambulating, the male certainly spent more time crouched in one spot than did the female.

Obviously that would entail leaving the chick(s) alone for that period (assuming the dark blob in the images is a chick). The adults were still at the left end of the island when I departed.


On 3/02/2017 1:10 PM, Geoffrey Dabb wrote:

Circumstances not favourable for photography but it seems to me looking at a couple of not very serious snaps for the record that the pair MIGHT have a chick.  By no means conclusive.  I think Steve has video of an aggressive lunge by the male scattering the duck when they approached the possible chick location.  The cryptic patch does look a bit like the chick picture in HANZAB.




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