Australian Painted Snipe

Subject: Australian Painted Snipe
From: Mike Honeyman <>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 17:39:24 +1100
Hi Keith / all

A good year indeed!
I've been helping on a project going back through historic records of APS sightings recently, and it is noticeable that this scarce species has always had intermittent good years following seasons of good rainfall, after which it largely disappears again. Decades ago the good years occasionally saw post breeding flocks of 10-20 birds (APS are polyandrous so one female can foist a brood on a couple of males!) which would be amazing if it were to happen again. Especially if a flock hangs around Altona like they did about fifty years ago!



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