Re: birding-aus Snipe

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Snipe
From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 20:05:03 +1000

I also would like to note that once I flushed a Snipe at Central Colo (west
Sydney) which also flew in a direct manner rather than erratically and
"zig-zagging" like a typical snipe. It flew much slower than a normal snipe
but I lossed sight of it when It landed and could not see it again. It also
did not make a sound when flushed. It was the same colour and shape as any
Japanese Snipe. This was back in December 1992 and was flushes from
paperbarks growing in the middle of a swamp. Could it be a different Snipe

-----Original Message-----
From: Laurence & Leanne Knight <>
To:  <>
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 6:34
Subject: birding-aus Snipe

>On the weekend I was doing a bit of spotting round Clarrie Hall Dam
>[near Uki / Mt Warning in northern NSW].  Four times while I was walking
>in the shin-knee high grass a couple of metres from the edge of the lake
>I flushed what I presume were Latham's Snipe [there were at least two
>birds] - they had long dark bills, white underparts and distinct head
>There is a fair bit of variation in the listed size of L snipe - ranging
>from 24-26 cm in Simpson & Day to 28-31 cm in Pizzey and Knight.  These
>birds seemed to be at the larger end of that spectrum.
>In a major point of difference with the field guides however, the snipe
>did not 'dash wildly into the sky' or fly in a 'zig zagging' or 'erratic
>flight'.  Rather, their flight was more consistent with the Readers
>Digest - they flew around 100 metres in a fairly direct manner about 2-5
>metres above the ground before landing in the grass beside the lake
>The literature suggests that Lathams snipe is the only one frequenting
>NSW - are there any reliable records of similar species of snipe in
>northern NSW?
>Laurie Knight, Brisbane.
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