Taken 17 years but today an Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) finally popped up in front of me.
A male, the bird was feeding busily at the edge of a flooded claypan/hymenachne paddock beside the road through Orient Station, southeast of Ingham.
Species is on the all-embracing Hinchinbrook area list, but I've no idea how long ago regular sightings were being made to justify it as a 'common seasonal' visitor.
But will it be there tomorrow? Perhaps with a female? We'll see...