Re: birding-aus Snipe

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Snipe
From: "Robert Berry" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 10:37:03 +1100

Hi All,

In trying to make sense of my (relatively few) Snipe sightings in North
West WA and NT I have wrestled with foot projection. In average light it is
hard to tell if you are seeing foot or tail disappearing into the distance.
However, since in all three Snipe that one expects to see in Aus, the
orangey-buff patch on the rump is very nearly terminal, if it appears to be
some distance up the back it can reasonably be assumed that this is due to
foot projection. This doesn't entirely solve the problem but maybe it


> From: Chris Corben <>
> To: Birding-Aus (Forum) <>
> Subject: Re: birding-aus Snipe
> Date: Friday, 19 March 1999 7:35
> birding-aus
> Danny Rogers wrote:
> >In flight, the toes of Latham's Snipe do not trail beyond the tail
> >very briefly during the take-off jump when the legs are extended to
> >full-stretch). The toes of Swinhoes trail just beyond the tail-tip, with
> the
> I forgot to mention this point. Actually, I've spent a lot of time
> at Jap Snipes after my experience with Swinhoes (=Chinese) showed me that
> they show a considerable extension of the feet behind the tail tip.
> is that while by far the majority of Japs show effectively NO foot
> projection, a small minority show a lot! And not just as they are taking
> off. My suspicion has been that these birds may have been in tail moult.
> Perhaps Danny could tell us if Snipe tend to moult the tail in a bunch
> rather than progressively?
> Chris Corben
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