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What Bird Is This Please?

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    porgeyporgey
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    Hi ALSers, I took this photo the other day and I cant seem to find what type of bird it is. Can anyone help Id it please?

    Cheers, Porge.

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    SteveSteve
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    #535113
    porgeyporgey
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    Thanks Steve, you are spot on. Which species I am not sure but at least I, or rather you, have narrowed it down to the correct genus. Thanks again, cheers, Porgey.

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    SteveSteve
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    No worries Porgey.

    Going by a post over here, it looks likely it would be Latham’s snipe.

    The three snipes are extremely hard to identify unless you have them in hand- virtually the only easy distinguishing feature is the configuration for their tail feathers. Latham’s snip can (apparently) be distinguished by a number of subtle features in the field, but Swinhoe’s and Pin Tailed Snipes are impossible for anyone except the extremely experienced.

    Thankfully, there is an easier way to do it: the only Snipe found further south on the east coast than a Camooweal- Iron Ranges line in Cape York Peninsula is Latham’s Snipe. So, if, as your username suggests, you live on the Sunshine Coast, then it is Latham’s Snipe.

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    porgeyporgey
    Member

    Thanks again Steve. It is most likely a Lathams Snipe so from now on I will call it “Latho” until proven otherwise. Or maybe Steve The Snipe, but it has a rather unfriendly tone to it which doesn’t reflect your help and kindness. Cheers Porge.

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