Re: birding-aus Snipe, Rail & Crakes

Subject: Re: birding-aus Snipe, Rail & Crakes
From: "Timothy Nye Dolby" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 13:16:12 +1000
That is indeed a nice list Rolly and Bob - especially the
Painted Snipe. A few weeks ago I had a similar experience
in Melbourne's inner city Banyule (Hiedelberg) wetlands.

Snipes, Crakes and Rails would be described as being very
rare in inner Melbourne - but at present are moderately
common (in the right environment). The general
conclusion is numbers have either increased because of
better urban environments or that they have been pushed
into areas otherwise not populated because of drought
conditions, etc? A similar context might apply in SA.

(An alternative theory is that the number of birds has
basically remained the same - the main difference is better
communucation network i.e. birding.aus).


> OLD NOARLUNGA WETLANDS on the Southern outskirts of Adelaide turned up
> some ripper birds yesterday.  In less than one hour we recorded 52
> species.   The early morning was overcast, mild with no wind.  Overcast
> days seem to bring the crakes & rails etc out into the open and we
> managed great views of all of the following:-
> · Painted Snipe (1 pair) -  rare in the Adelaide area in our experience,
> appears to be only recorded  every 5 -10 years
> · Buff-banded Rail (4) - not all that uncommon but still a good bird
> for SA
> · Baillon?s Crake  (7) - common in the right habitat in SA;  sometimes
> not that easy to see but common
> · Australian Spotted Crake (7) - common in the right habitat in SA
> · Spotless Crake (1 or 2)  - we saw one bird  & flushed another  in the
> same area 30 minutes latter; Spotless  are much more difficult to find
> than  Spotted in SA
> · Latham?s Snipe (1) - relatively common in Summer in the right habitat,
> which is relatively  restricted in SA; always a good bird to find
> ?.. along with the usual Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel,
> Red-capped Plover, Black -tailed Native-hen, Black-winged Stilt (with
> very young young), Common Sandpiper, Masked Lapwing, Sharp-tailed
> Sandpiper  etc.
> Onkaparinga Council (the council that covers a large portion of  the
> Southern Adelaide suburbs and adjacent rural areas) is to be
> complimented on their approach to conversation  with the establishment
> of wetlands at Old Noarlunga  & Willunga.  (There has been 4 -5
> Blue-billed Duck resident on the Willunga Ponds for most of this year
> along with increasing numbers of crakes, as the wetlands become more
> established.)
> Rolly Lloyd & Bob Sothman
Tim Dolby
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