Request for help-Snipe ID

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Subject: Request for help-Snipe ID
From: "Andrew Bell" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 22:13:34 +0930
Hi all

I?m not very experienced with snipe.

Please see link below for photos taken at Katherine Sewerage Treatment Ponds
today. Mick Jerram and I watched this rather unusually cooperative snipe
feeding for about ¾ hour. No good impression of tail in flight, flew a short
distance once and then when eventually flushed flew, without a call, rather
directly across a pond and settled beside another bund. We didn?t find it

The wide supercilium made us think Pintail as do the tertials covering the
primaries as described in Hayman et al. The markings on the back look more
Swinhoe?s, the bill seems unimpressive for a snipe, as with a Pintail, and
to my inexperienced eye it looked small for a snipe. Legs quite pale green.


Of interest there were also two Pacific Golden Plovers at the ponds, the
first I?ve seen in Katherine.


Andrew Bell

Katherine NT

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