Painted Snipe still at Hasites Swamp

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Subject: Painted Snipe still at Hasites Swamp
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 14:07:27 +1000
After proving difficult to find the Painted Snipe showed themselves again this 
morning. Went to the Swamp with Phil and Rosemary Frangos of Atherton to see 
these birds if we could.

Apart from a Greenshank which was running around chasing some prey which was 
capable of flight it was difficult to find any waders. Slowly the total crept 
up to 1 Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpipers and 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers for the 
waders and lots of other interesting birds. Peter Lloyd tells me that species 
diversity is down greatly on 5 years ago when he was regularly atlasing the 

We had decided to leave after having scanned the water's edge numerous times 
with scope and bins but I took another sweep with the scope. There they were! 
The female had her back to us and was sitting hard against a raised piece of 
mud. About 250mm away the male was squatting behind two stalks as thick as a 
pencil. Even through the scope and knowing they were there, it was not easy to 
see them. After about another 40 minutes of sharing the birds with visitors to 
the hide Rosemary said, "Look, she's moving!" The two birds moved off together 
feeding and providing wonderful views.

Alan Gillanders

Alan's Wildlife Tours
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