Latham's Snipe in Seymour (Vic)

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Subject: Latham's Snipe in Seymour (Vic)
From: "Marlene Lyell" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 21:03:38 +1100
Hi All,

    Inadvertently taking the wrong ramp off the Hume Freeway into Seymour
today, led to a nice sighting. There is a small swamp at the back of the
weighbridge on the Seymour - Shepparton Road which I have always checked
out. Today I almost drove past it, fully expecting it to be dry.  But, old
habits die hard, so I did a U turn and, while half of the swamp had
certainly dried out, the northern end still had a reasonable amount of
water. Birds included Pelican, plenty of Wood Duck, 2 Yellow-billed
Spoonbill, Masked Lapwings  plus 5 Latham Snipe.

They were very easily seen as the water has receded considerably from the
reeds/grass and the snipe were foraging/bathing around the edge.  Birds were
sighted around 5.45pm. 

Might be worthwhile checking it out for anyone in the area who hasn't yet
caught up with a Latham's Snipe.

GPS reading available.

Happy birding  



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