Painted Snipe

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Subject: Painted Snipe
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 09:22:20 +1000
There were two Painted Snipe back at Seven Mile Lagoon on Thursday, along
with hundreds of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, plenty of Marsh Sandpipers, the
occasional Curlew Sandpiper, and still lots of Red-necked Avocets. Plus of
course, multiple terns, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills etc, etc.

Plum-headed Finches are regular again at several locations, Cotton
Pygmy-geese remain at Lake Atkinson in good numbers.

Black Falcons and Spotted Harrier elsewhere in the valley on Friday.

I couldn't find the Painted Snipe at Seven Mile on Saturday. Tim Kastelle &
Nancy Pachana located two Black-tailed Godwits there on Sunday (but no PS).

By far the most cacophonous experience of the week (maybe the year!) was
triggered when a party of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos dropped into a eucalypt
in the garden, which already held a couple of Channel-billed Cuckoos.
Channel-bills tend to hang around that particular tree, we disturbed one at
roost there the other night, so maybe they lay claim to it.

Anyway, it sparked an immediate raucous confrontation!  If you can imagine
Red-tailed Black Cockies at full blast, with Channel-bills doing the same,
all in the same tree - you'll begin to get an idea of just how amazing it
was, but in truth it would have to be heard to be believed!

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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