[Birding-Aus] Australian Painted-snipe again

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Subject: [Birding-Aus] Australian Painted-snipe again
From: calyptorhynchus via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2022 01:41:44 +0000
I’m not often optimistic, but an optimistic interpretation of the Australian Painted Snipe not being seen since 2020 is that in La Niña years the vegetation is very tall and you can’t see them. Also they have lots of other places to disperse to. Let’s hope they’re busy breeding right now.

John L

On Tue, 22 Nov 2022 at 08:40 Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

Thanks Tony.  Like Canberra, some Adelaide and Brisbane wetlands seem, in a modest way, to be regular dispersal locations.  Or perhaps something to do with the alertness of local observers.  The `original question raised in relation to this project was about very few reports from the end of 2020.  This might have indicated a serious crash in numbers.  Any reports since 2020 will be of great interest.


From: Tony Russell <>
Sent: Monday, 21 November 2022 7:53 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Australian Painted-snipe again


We have records of ps in 1997  2008  2011  2017 in adelaide area..


On Mon, 21 Nov 2022, 15:12 Tony Russell, <> wrote:

2 more from SA will advise


On Mon, 21 Nov 2022, 14:53 Tony Russell, <> wrote:

Had one at Goolwa SA many years ago


On Mon, 21 Nov 2022, 14:25 Geoffrey Dabb, <> wrote:

Earlier, I circulated a request for information about sightings of this elusive species.  A serious monitoring project is now planned, and in connection with this Matt Herring has suggested I circulate the below link about it to this forum –

 The movements of this endemic species are certainly a mystery. I remember being at Western Treatment Plant in 2008 when I was told one was at Edithvale Wetlands, so I made a quick visit there where I was able to see it from the car park.   (I even wrote a poem about it in which ‘typha’ provided a convenient rhyme with ‘lifer’.)  Small numbers occasionally turn up in Canberra, at Kelly Swamp, a local wetland only about 3km in a straight line from the national parliament where important matters are being discussed right now.  This made me consult eBird to check on other cities, and the species seems to have an unexpected preference for urban locations. Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens) 1976, Melbourne (Royal Park) Nov 2011, Sydney (Olympic Park) Oct/Nov 2011, 2012.  There are very few reports from WA, but small numbers have ben recorded around Perth, including a couple seen Perth airport, Aug 2011.  Seems to have been a dispersion event around 2011. Worryingly, not much that’s very recent (except Canberra, relatively speaking a ‘hotspot’) but eBird has a great photo of 4 females in 2017 in the Adelaide suburb of ‘City of Charles Sturt’.


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