Banyule wetland & the Painted Snipe

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Subject: Banyule wetland & the Painted Snipe
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 18:05:22 +1100
Hi birders

Firstly - thanks to several Birding-Aus members who heeded my plaintive cry
and set me straight on where to look for the Painted Snipe.  I was there
about an hour ago, and saw the bird sitting a metre out from the veg in full
sunlight.  It is a gorgeous creature, and offered good views by 10X
binoculars, and stunning full-frame by 40x scope.  I found it easy to see
from the corner nearest the playground - and some kind soul who's name I
neglected to ask pointed it out.  I had been about to look from further

Birding generally good around there - list below.

(PS:  Banyule for those who came in late is in Melbourne - just off Lower
Heidelberg Road on Banyule Road.  The consensus seems to be that's an
immature female Painted Snipe.)

Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus
Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Grey Teal                            Anas gracilis
Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
Hardhead                             Aythya australis
Australasian Grebe                   Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Cattle Egret                         Ardea ibis
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Australian Spotted Crake             Porzana fluminea
Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
Dusky Moorhen                        Gallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian Coot                        Fulica atra
Painted Snipe                        Rostratula benghalensis
Black-winged Stilt                   Himantopus himantopus
Black-fronted Dotterel               Elseyornis melanops
Spotted Turtle-Dove                  Streptopelia chinensis
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Rainbow Lorikeet                     Trichoglossus haematodus
Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo                    Cacomantis flabelliformis
Tawny Frogmouth                      Podargus strigoides
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
Little Wattlebird                    Anthochaera chrysoptera
Bell Miner                           Manorina melanophrys
Noisy Miner                          Manorina melanocephala
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
Rufous Whistler                      Pachycephala rufiventris
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike            Coracina novaehollandiae
Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
Grey Butcherbird                     Cracticus torquatus
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus
Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
European Greenfinch                  Carduelis chloris
European Goldfinch                   Carduelis carduelis
Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Clamorous Reed-Warbler               Acrocephalus stentoreus
Little Grassbird                     Megalurus gramineus
Common Blackbird                     Turdus merula
Common Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common Myna                          Acridotheres tristis
59 species

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