Painted Snipe, Musk Duck, possible Letter-winged Kite

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Subject: Painted Snipe, Musk Duck, possible Letter-winged Kite
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 12:55:07 +1000
About a week ago, 20 days after the first sighting, I got some good close
photographs of the three young Painted Snipe which are now just about the
size of the accompanying male. Since then, I've been back a couple of times
without finding the birds, which  might well have moved on - so any Lockyer
Valley waterhole or mud-patch could be a possibility.

A fully-lobed male Musk Duck is at Lake Dyer, also a Great-crested Grebe.

I've had two reports of Letter-winged Kites in the east of the state from
two usually reliable observers. The first was a couple of weeks ago, but was
even then several days old, and a bit distant, and I couldn't follow it up,
but the second was on Sunday near Lake Atkinson. I did get out there and
didn't see the bird, but I'm very much on standby. I feel that two reports
so close together from usually reliable people merits thinking about, so if
you're in SE Qld - just give every Black-shouldered Kite a second look, in

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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