re Hide Opening for Painted Snipe Viewing

To: "John McGowan" <>, "birding birding-aus" <>
Subject: re Hide Opening for Painted Snipe Viewing
From: "John Harris" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 09:11:31 +1100
John, and others,
Based on last nights viewing, the hide can be more of a hinderance than a help 
at times.  The bird was clearly visible once I got out of the car and walked 
over to where about 15 others were looking at it through the fence.  On bright 
person even brought a ladder so that the bird could be seen without the chain 
mesh being in the way.

Yours in all things "green"


John Harris
President, Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE)
Environmental Education Officer
Donvale Christian College
155 Tindals Rd Donvale 3111
03 9844 2471
0409 090 955

>>> "McGowan, John" <> 29/10/2008 9:05 pm >>>
Hi Edithvale Guardians
1) Can I come down during the day? and if I do

2) Would I be able to use the hide? and if so

3) What would be my chances of seeing the Snipe?

Thank you

John Mc

From: Russell Woodford
Sent: Mon 27/10/2008 3:12 PM
To: birding birding-aus
Subject: 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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