birding-aus Re: Snipes

Subject: birding-aus Re: Snipes
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 09:41:14 +1000

I know that this is a bit off the track regarding the threads on the
Snipes, but when I lived in Ballarat, I had a site with a much smaller
population of Latham's Snipe.  My best count was around 50 at the Miners
Rest Swamp just northwest of Ballarat.  This swamp had been drained many
years before but was stillwet under foot. Cattle and horses grazed the
swamp.  When it became known that the snipe were there in such large
numbers, the local shire remade the swamp and removed the drainage lines
so as to conserve the habitat for the birds.  I am unsure how this has
worked in the long term as I left not long after it was completed.

So my best wishes to the Birdo's in the Hunter Valley in their

John Harris
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