Managed a few hours out in the field this morning pre - breakfast, so it was another chance to look for the Australian Painted Snipe that I had previously found a few days back. I had flushed the bird accidentally and only managed to get flight views before loosing the bird whilst searching for Aussie Pratincoles alone early one morning. When I did tell the others of the snipe sighting I was surprised how much interest it generated and it turned out that this was only the second record for the expedition area. Several of the team managed to see the bird over the next few days, however, sadly for me I only ever got the flight views from the initial sighting. Above shows you a Masked Lapwing, or a Masked Plover or even a Spur - winged Plover as named in New Zealand, I had originally labelled this incorrectly a typo rather than an ID issue as pointed out to me... and below shows 1 the 2 Red kneed Dotterel present.
At last, another opportunity to enjoy a small group of Australian Pratincoles present in the early morning sunlight, adult above with immature below.
Image below shows you how the wet the plains have become during the heavy rainfall that had fallen during the previous days.