Late on Sunday news came out of four Painted Snipe (an uncommon summer visitor to South Australia) had been seen at Whites Road Wetland. This is a bird I hadn't seen for many years, so I headed down this morning to try and find them.
Eventually I spotted three Painted Snipe deep in a tangled sedge bed, got the telescope on them for about ten seconds and off they flew!
I searched for a couple of hours, but no joy. The consolation prize was a very confiding Laughing Kookaburra, showing just how well camouflaged this large bird can be.
On the way back to the car I saw a lone Black-fronted Dotterel and some Fairy Martins picking up mud for nest building.
I decided to give the Snipe another try this evening. A repeat performance. Short views and then off they flew, only this time they settled on the far bank. I walked round and found them bathing in the shallows, before they flew again this time across a small channel. A bit of stalking and a few more pics. Success! Not the greatest pics as I was shooting through grass and trees most of the time.