Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo

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Subject: Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo
From: "Frank Hemmings" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:41:23 +1100
Hi All,

As part of our twitchathon effort, the Bumbling Bee-eaters (David Eldridge, 
David Hair and myself) saw an Australian Painted Snipe in Dubbo on Saturday 
afternoon; this was in the first 10 birds seen on the trip and congratulations 
to Dave Eldridge for spotting it.  The bird, a female, was sitting low in a 
small pond off Fitzroy St, N of the itnersection with River St & off the E side 
of the road.  There were 2 small ponds, and it was sitting on the edge of the 
smaller, further pond; it turns out that this is actually closer to the end of 
Dowton Drive off River St.  Grid coordinates from Google Earth 32deg 13min 
54.1sec S, 148deg 37min, 3.6sec E.  This was a lifer for me which I hadn't 
expected on this trip, and to see this bird without expecting it at a site was 
a great suprise.

Also of note were 2 Brolgas on a tank seen from Coolbaggie Forest Rd, 4km from 
Eumungerie at 31deg 57min 43 sec S, 148deg 39min 32sec E.

I'm not sure if either of these are still there but I'm sure some may be 
interested in finding them.  All up we recorded 185 species between Dubbo and 
Newcastle - not bad for a first time run.  Cheers,


Frank Hemmings
John T. Waterhouse Herbarium
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales

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