Bird Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)

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Henry Arthur Readford
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Scientific Name: Gallinago hardwickii

Common Name: Latham's Snipe

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Other Names: Japanese Snipe

Distribution: a non-breeding migrant to the south east of Australia including Tasmania, passing through the north and New Guinea on passage. Latham's Snipe breed in Japan and on the east Asian mainland.

Habitat: freshwater wetlands on or near the coast, generally among dense cover. They are found in any vegetation around wetlands, in sedges, grasses, lignum, reeds and rushes and also in saltmarsh and creek edges on migration. They also use crops and pasture.

Field Notes: the largest snipe in Australia, with cryptic, mainly brown, plumage. The bill is long and straight, the wings rather short and pointed and the tail is long. It has short legs and when folded, the wings project well past the tail, giving a pointed look. The upper body is boldly patterned with black, brown and white. There is a bold narrow dark brown cheek stripe and dark line through the eye.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Brisbane

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Great shot! I've not seen this species, despite trying 'reliable' sites for some years now.
 
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