Observation of fox ignores snipe

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Subject: Observation of fox ignores snipe
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:32:40 +0000

I happened to visit Kellys swamp this afternoon at about 5: p.m. Whilst strolling past Cygnus hide up towards the school house, I saw a couple moorhens on the opposite side (west side) of the water, suddenly do a rush out of the grass into the water. Only after being alerted to this did I notice that a fox had clearly decided to take a lunge at them but all I saw was the last bit of this. The fox stopped when both front feet hit the water. The fox then continued walking southwards sort of along the edge of the water partly hidden among the long grass. As I watched it walking there, it passed by 2 Latham’s Snipe standing virtually at the water’s edge. Curiously there was no reaction that I could see from the fox towards the snipe or vice versa. Although I was not at all close I thought that the distance between them would have only been something between 1 to 2 metres. There may be some significance to this observation or maybe not, I don’t know. Maybe the snipe just standing still did not get noticed..........




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