Re: birding-aus Hazards of birdwatching

To: "Trevor Hampel" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Hazards of birdwatching
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 1999 01:16:48 +1000
Yes and just over two years ago (31-8-1997) I was bitten by a large (I believe), Mulga Snake at Lake Coolmunda, between Goondiwindi Qld and whatever comes next (going west). It was perfectly camouflaged and I stood on it without even noticing it until I felt and saw the wild thrashing and then the thump on my foot as I was temporarily airborne. I was watching Apostlebirds (or was it White-winged Fairy-wrens) at the time. Sure gave all concerned a big scare.  Fortunately it latched onto the padding at the top of my shoe and hung on there long enough for me to get one of those frozen image pictures of a fairly quick event that seems to last for ages. 1 cm higher and I would have been in real trouble. 
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From: Trevor Hampel <>
To: Birding-Aus <>
Date: Wednesday, 1 September 1999 23:31
Subject: birding-aus Hazards of birdwatching

Last Sunday was a very pleasant day here in Murray Bridge - around 21degrees with a gentle breeze. I went for an atlassing  walk through a patch of mallee close to Murray Bridge, an area known as the Narrinyeri Hills just west of the town.
Now I don't mind them in the middle of summer, say, in January and February - cos then I'm lookin' out fer 'em. But no snake has the right to come out a-sunnin' itself in the last few days of WINTER. Can't they read the calendar??
Despite the great fright it gave me - and I it - the birdwatching was quite good. Close up views of Variegated Wrens, Mistletoebirds and Varied Sitella. Lots of honeyeaters. Little evidence of breeding (that I noticed).
Incidentally - the snake went rapidly down a rabbit hole - I went rapidly down the hill!
This was the second hazardous incident in the same area in less than a week. A few days earlier I had loitered too long right in the middle of a black ants' nest.
Happy birding, and remember to keep one eye on where you are walking or standing.
Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia
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