RE: Request for help-Snipe ID

To: "'Andrew Bell'" <>, <>
Subject: RE: Request for help-Snipe ID
From: "NT Immersions Pty Ltd" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 08:42:15 +0930
G?day Andrew

Photos turned out great!  I?ve attached a couple of the best ones I?ve got.

I have been gliding through the guides as to a bit more of a clue on the ID
of the Snipe and found something which related to a quick observation we
noticed when it flew a short distance.

Jim Flegg Photographic Guide,: ?In flight the toes project beyond the tail
tip (difficult to see but gives impression of a pointed tail)?

I think that?s just a little reinforcement for me, because I eluded to the
suggestion that I saw a ?pin?.

Other than that, the reference to a buff flecking has also been found which
is shown in a couple of your great images.



-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Bell 
Sent: Sunday, 5 December 2010 10:14 PM
Cc: ; 'Jessie and Jo'
Subject: Request for help-Snipe ID

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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