Snipe ID? - More photos

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Subject: Snipe ID? - More photos
From: "Andrew Bell" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:43:09 +0930
Dear All


Still trying to decide what to call the Katherine Sewerage Ponds snipe. I
managed some more photos today including some in flight, posted here:


On previously posted shots I have had votes for all three species, but
everyone with an "I'm not a snipe expert" disclaimer.


I'm hovering between Swinhoe's and Pin-tailed, with probable Swinhoe's based
on the limited resolution view of the tail. However it's behaviour does not
seem Swinhoe's,  when flushed it flies low and direct and doesn't call. I
also think the bill is lighter than I thought it should be in a Swinhoe's
and the very wide supercilium in front of the eye makes me think Pin-tailed.


So - any Snipe-sperts out there? Or is it too hard without having the bird
in the hand?




Andrew Bell


- Also a nice Black Bittern at Chinaman's Creek near Katherine this
afternoon - led me a merry chase from tree to tree along the creek. 



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