Painted Snipe

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Subject: Painted Snipe
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 22:46:25 +1100
A Painted Snipe was observed by Maureen O'Shea, Chris Hallam and myself near 
Gilletts Ridge, E of Ulmarra, late today.  Chris was travelling ahead of us in 
his vehicle along a swampy track lined with Swamp Oaks when an unusual bird was 
flushed.  Maureen went to investigate and was able to attract a male Painted 
Snipe from cover by the use of an Audubon bird caller.   It sat on a track for 
some minutes before disappearing into cover.  I approached with my spotting 
scope to attempt to clarify the sex of the bird and it flushed about 50 m into 
a paddock.  It sat partially obscured by grass and eventually emerged into the 

An attempt will be made in the morning to obtain photographs of the bird if it 
is still present.

This was Maureen's first observation of the species and my first that wasn't in 
a net or hand.  Bill Lane and I mist netted and banded two at Woolooware Swamp 
in the 1970's and a couple were caught by Kerry Muller, then of Taronga Park 
Zoo, during banding operations that I attended at McGraths Hill Sewage Works at 
about the same time.

Greg Clancy

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