I had seen a solitary Snipe on my way to work last week so a bit more investigating was due...With only limited time at the weekends at the moment I managed to get a couple of mornings around the rice fields. There seemed to be a sizable amount Snipes around this weekend, but trying to identify them is proving difficult... Pintail or Swinhoe is the begging question. ( I like Ayuwat's version "Swintail"). Big tail, small tail, bigger tail feathers or smaller tail feathers !!! I am still at a loss..
|Snipe 1 (small pin type tail feathers)|
|Snipe 2 (2 small pin type tail feathers)|
|Snipe 3 (A much fuller tail)|
There were also plenty of other waders / shore birds about too, These also give me a headache with identification.... I hope I got them correct !!
|Chinese Pond Heron|
|Little Ringed Plover|
|Long Toed Stint|
The first bird of the morning.. A superb Black Shouldered Kite.. Just a shame it was obscured by the tree..
|Black Shouldered Kite|
Hopefully I got the IDs correct and as for the Snipes..... any help as to whether Swinhoe or Pintail wold be greatly appreciated