Black-Tailed Native-hen irruption

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Subject: Black-Tailed Native-hen irruption
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 11:19:14 +1000
g'day all,
Yesterday I saw 75 (approx) B-t N-h at a rarely visited bay on the western side of Lake Moondarra.
On the way in I saw 10 of  a possible separate group.
Of the 44 species In recorded there was one Wood Sandpiper and 3 Swinhoe Snipes.
The snipes were at the edge of the lake in open country - one dabbling, one preening and the third just contemplating the meaning of life.
This is the first year that I have seen the Snipes in open country... usually they  remained hidden in short reeds until flushed.
(I might add that it is the visiting experts who identify the Snipes at the Isa as Swinhoe's)
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
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