Painted Snipe at Edithvale

To: John Tongue <>
Subject: Painted Snipe at Edithvale
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 23:27:40 +1100
John, if I can see it, anyone can see it!

I'm usually the bird scarer for outings with my friends (especially dry country birds - just ask Bill Stent). Does the name "Big Dipper" mean anything to you??? Anyway, I saw the Painted Snipe tonight after a short wait at the hide - it was good to catch up with a few more birding-aus folk as well. We had very clear views from the carpark, from about 6.45 until 7pm. It had been out and about a bit earlier in the afternoon.

Seriously, I hope people do the right thing and stay in the carpark or in the hide itself. The bird was flushed several times by the same gung-ho photographer during the week. The volunteers manning the hide think that it has become a lot more wary in since then. It was very wary tonight, and didn't come out onto the open mud.

Does anyone know how site-faithful these birds are at this time of year? The Banyule birds stayed from late October to mid-December (2001). Hopefully, John, this one will like Edithvale enough to stay around for a while. It may well become the "most photographed Painted Snipe ever" (P Lansley, 2008). Make sure you have a look at Paul Hackett's stunning photos - he has set the bar very high for the rest of the digital SLR brigade.

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia
On 26/10/2008, at 10:05 PM, John Tongue wrote:

Hi all, especially Melbourne birders,
we are really hoping this bird sticks around, and everyone does the right thing and doesn't scare it off. If it hangs around for another week, we are hoping to make a dash across on Mon 3rd (a public holiday here in NW Tas).

I'll post again later in this week, to see if it's still about, and if so, we'll make some bookings, and hope it's still there (we were some of the first to dip onthe Grey-headed Lapwing!).

Anyway, here's hoping it sticks around!

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 26/10/2008, at 8:36 PM, Paul Hackett wrote:

Hi all,

I visited the Edithvale Wetlands, Victoria on Friday and managed to take some decent photos. For those interested you may view a small selection at m("N05/sets/72157608372243234/","//");">http: The birdhide at the wetlands is excellent for viewing normally hard to see birds such as Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake and Buff-banded Rail. I do not normally post links to my photos although I have made an exception for this rare, beautiful and co- operative bird.

Cheers, Paul

Paul Hackett
Melbourne, Australia


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