I went down to Edithvale during my lunchbreak today (Friday 31/10/2008) and
saw the Painted Snipe at around 1:00pm.
However, when I arrived, it was not visible having retreated into cover to
the right of the hide due to a Swamp Harrier quartering the area. I spoke to
Gary (not on the list) who was also there and he mentioned it had been out
on the mud (again to the right) a little earlier.
Fortuitously, Cath (Kath?) one of the hide volunteers, arrived to briefly
open the hide to fetch something. As we walked along the short track to the
hide, the snipe walked out from it's hiding place onto the mud allowing
great views both from the track and from the hide for several minutes.
The message is that if you arrive on a day the hide isn't open and the snipe
is not visible from the carpark, be patient as the harrier may be about.
Also, I was told the snipe still likes to forage out in the open starting
from around 5:00-6:00 in the evening. I think I'll go back next Wednesday
Other birds seen include Australian Spotted Crake and Buff-banded Rail.
On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 7:38 AM, Wendy McWilliams <>wrote:
> Saw the Painted Snipe at 7am this morning (Friday). It was to the right
> side of the hide, so you can see from behind the wire fence. A few
> Australian Spotted Crakes and Buff-banded Rail there too. It wasn't feeding
> and was "hiding" under the bushes. Thanks to previous posts and the
> excellent photos taken.
> Wendy McWilliams
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