95% sure I saw a Japanese Snipe this morning (about 9.20am) on our property in Upper Waiwera.
(I have seen Snipe before on birding trips in Queensland and Equador).
It was mottled brown with a white belly and the long beak particularly caught my eye - very surprised to see a wader here.
It was flushed with 4 Pukeko when I went to feed our dairy goat bucks who occupy two small scrubby paddocks on the edge of our bush. These have boggy wet patches and are in a sheltered area, next to the neighbour's very tussocky, damp paddocks. 150m below in the valley is a large wetland area, rushes etc
When flushed it flew right, onto the neighbour's property, and I'm unable to see it there.
I wonder if it is part of an eruption of Snipe from northeast Australia which I see has happened before.
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When you flushed it, if it flew in a zigzag manner that would be another indication of a snipe sp