Banyule Snipe - argument for a male bird

Subject: Banyule Snipe - argument for a male bird
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 14:03:09 +1100
Following Tim's posting today, and private emails and
conversations following my query about whether there are two

- there no longer any claims that a male was definitely
present. Some, like Tim, are not absolutely sure that what
they saw was a female (eg. because of poor light, inability
to see the nape..)

- a couple of other observers have told me that they were
sure the bird they saw was an immature female

I hope someone can answer Tim's questions but it seems to me
that there is no reason to believe a male and a female have
been present.  Perhaps we've watched 10 different immature
females ?!

Michael Norris

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