Banyule Snipe still there.

To: "Brian Fleming" <>, "Celia & Russell Browne" <>, <>
Subject: Banyule Snipe still there.
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 15:33:21 +1100
Hi folks,
Yes (as Anthea wrote) I saw it and videoed it, though only arriving back home in Canberra late last night, I have not checked out my video of it yet. Thanks to Anthea and Brian for showing us the site. It took me about one minute to find the bird (to the right of the lemon, behind the plastic drink cup and left of the beer can). Last Painted Snipes I encountered was 29 years ago. I add that the trip to Melbourne was not specifically to see this bird, but it was a very pleasant addition to a trip I was doing anyway.
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From: Brian Fleming <>
To: Celia & Russell Browne <>; m("","birding-aus");"> <m("","birding-aus");">>
Date: Friday, 16 November 2001 21:01
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Banyule Snipe still there?

Celia & Russell Browne wrote:
I visited Banyule Flats late this morning for an hour or so but
> couldn't find the Painted Snipe.  That's not to say she isn't there though!
This afternoon, in company with Philip Veerman,  we had the Painted
Snipe at Banyule Flats in view for about an hour!
Still at the grubby Pool, left-hand, ie eastern side, but for variety
sitting on the mud in front of the docks and other weeds with no cover
at all, bar three small blades of a young Typha. She was still invisible
unless you looked very carefully. However a couple of times she kindly
stood up and scratched, preened and stretched right wing, allowing us to
see the beautiful mottled markings and a glimpse of the spots, and the
distinct rufous tone on the back of the neck.
It is the best camouflaged bird we have ever seen, so don't despair -
keep looking and hoping.
The Frogmouth seems to have at least one chick in its nest.
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe
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