birding-aus Snipe

Subject: birding-aus Snipe
From: Jan England <>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 21:10:30 +1000

Hi all,

On returning from the Crocodile Farm yesterday afternoon with 2 Sth AFrican
couples, we were fortunate to see a snipe beside the road in short grass
(adjacent to a canefield) with water all along the edge of the road.  (I'm
sure you've all heard how wet it is up here). 

 It was only about 8 feet from the car and as we stopped suddenly, it
squatted down in the grass and tried to pretend it wasn't there.  It was
very difficult to see even though it was so close because the steaks down
its back blended in perfectly with the dried grass around it.  After about
5 minutes, it decided to slink away towards the cane and virtually crawled
to remain as close to the ground as it could.  It eventually slid in
amongst the cane to disappear from view.  Interesting behaviour!

I guess it must have been Latham's  but I won't get into that argument.

It has been raining heavily again since about 6 pm.  Our visit to the
Crocodile Farm was very disappointing with not one White-browed Crake, no
Egrets or Spoonbills or Bitterns.  In fact even the crocodiles stayed under
water - apparently its warmer in the water than out when it's raining all
the time.

I guess birding is like that some times.

Jan England

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