Snipe Identification

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Snipe Identification
From: Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge <>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:58:20 +1000
Hi Folks,
Last week I went up to Mt. Carbine on the Mt. Molloy to Cooktown Road to a small dam where a Snipe sp. was seen. Whilst it is thought by most local birders that the snipe passing through our region of far north Queensland areLatham's, Swinhoe's has also been identified here; whether this is fact or theory I'm not sure. Most literature I've read usually concludes they are only reliably separated in the hand so I'm intrigued that many observers are definite about their sightings in the field, it would appear that they are going on field guide distribution maps and not on field characteristics. I've positively identified all three species, which occur in Australia, in the hand but not in the field. If anyone can tell me which species it was at the dam I've posted an image onto our blog this week.


    Keith&  Lindsay Fisher
    Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
    RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road
    Julatten QLD 4871
    Ph : (07) 4094 1263
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