re Hide Opening for Painted Snipe Viewing

To: 'John Harris' <>, John McGowan <>, birding birding-aus <>
Subject: re Hide Opening for Painted Snipe Viewing
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 09:26:50 +1100
I haven't seen the site yet.  Would the use of a ladder increase the observer's 
visibility to the bird?

Peter Shute

 wrote on Thursday, 30 October 2008 9:12 AM:

> 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"
> Regards
> 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: [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.
> Cheers
> Russell
> 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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