RFI Painted Snipe and Helmeted Honeyeater

To: Russell Woodford <>, birding birding-aus <>
Subject: RFI Painted Snipe and Helmeted Honeyeater
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 23:41:46 -0700 (PDT)
Friday through Sunday two friends, my wife and I will be in Melbourne (coming 
in early Fri 31/10, flying out early Mon 03/11). Sun, we will be taken to WTP. 
Probably, we will spend Saturday along Great Ocean Road to look for some 
Victoria (non-Sydney) birds there. 
Thus, Friday might fit best into our plan to look for the Australian Painted 
Snipe. I understand that the hide will not be open Friday afternoon/evening. Is 
that correct? How good is the chance to see the bird (plus crakes) from the 
platform at the parking lot?
Another target bird would be Helmeted (Yellow-tufted) Honeyeater. Yellongbo 
seems to be locked? Any suggestions?


Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW 

----- Original Message ----
From: Russell Woodford <>
To: birding birding-aus <>
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 3:12:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] re Hide Opening for Painted Snipe Viewing

Hi Jacqui

Just wanted to thank you and the other volunteers for the extra hours  
you are putting in to keep the hide open. Last night when I dropped in  
it was fairly busy in the hide, but people were generally keeping  
quiet. The Snipe moved out for a little while, still under cover, and  
gave us great unobstructed views from the carpark.

Anyway - thanks for the great work you do all the time as volunteers,  
but especially for the extra opening times at the moment.



Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong  Victoria  Australia

On 24/10/2008, at 10:16 PM, Rob and Jacqui Sheppard wrote:

> Edithvale Bird Hide, Melways  93 D8
> Volunteers are generously manning the hide extra evenings to allow  
> as many people as possible to enjoy the close viewing of the rare  
> Painted Snipe. People are gaining excellent photos from the hide,  
> even with small digital cameras.
>    Access beside the hide itself or along the tracks within the  
> fenced area is NOT PERMITTED. It is most disappointing that a few  
> unethical people have jeopardised the chances for others to also  
> enjoy viewing and photographing this rare bird. Risking disturbing  
> possible breeding occurring here is totally disgraceful and  
> thoughtless.
>    On no account are the birds to be pursued or flushed. It would be  
> a shame to discontinue the service due to several selfish people.
>    It is also important for people to come through the gate gently  
> and ascend the stairs as quietly as possible as the bird is quite  
> nervous now.
> Opening Times; this Saturday and Sunday  1pm to 7pm.
> Wednesday evenings,  6pm to 7.30pm, until the water dries out too  
> much.
> Jacqui Sheppard
> Hide Roster Co-Ordinator
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