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    I think this is probably a common snipe, although I am wondering whether a pintail or Swinhoe's snipe could be an option. Would appreciate some help with this identification. Thanks.
    Seen in Miyazaki, Kyushu Japan, today, 23rd Jan.
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    http://surfbirds.com/albums/showphot...o=7458&cat=542

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    I suspect this is Common. I see no plumage or structural features that would make me suspect otherwise - the bill is long, the scapulars do not have pale inner edges, etc..

    See http://surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4523 for discussion and images of other eastern snipes.

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    The snipe has a reasonable tail projection, which points towards Common and away from Pintail.

    the bill doesn't appear short as a Pintail but longer, as a Common

    the lower scaps are only cream on their bottom edge as opposed to Pintail being creamy on the upper and lower edges. Good for Common

    the loral strip is thick, also pointing towards Common.

    here's two shots showing a typical Pintail (or Swinhoe's!) head pattern / bill
    http://k53.pbase.com/u26/ranschols/u...C20D_02749.jpg
    http://i.pbase.com/g4/88/689488/2/65023158.Xis9OSV4.jpg

    this one shows the scaps nicely
    http://audevard.aurelien.free.fr/IMG...an_Do_-_SK.jpg
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    David,

    Might I suggest that when you upload images you keep them to 800 pixels image size, but at maximum image quality. These huge, scrollable images are not very easy to evaluate.

    Colin

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    Thank you everyone, and also for those identification points which will hopefully help me next time I see one that needs identifying.

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    Thank you everyone, and also for those identification points which will hopefully help me next time I see one that needs identifying.

    I was denied access to Forkltail's two photos of the pintail for some reason??

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