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Update: March 29, 2004: added new shots from today of delicata in flight, plus more standing images of the presumed gallinago, at the bottom:
Update: March 28, 2004: added new shots from today, at the bottom:
Update: March 27, 2004: added some comparative pics at the bottom:

Update March 27: Comparisons:-
below is a Common Snipe from Bahrain in March:

images of Common Snipe
G. gallinago, courtesy of BIRDING WORLD magazine -


Hong Kong:

Note that in Siberian birds, the width of the white tipping on the secondaries is very variable, with a number of birds having much narrower tips than that normally seen in European birds; also the flanks often lack the brown wash seen on European birds.

Below, the Fort Worth bird is the second image, placed in-between the above images (each adjusted slightly to simulate the effect of the FW photo):-

Wilson's Snipe (G. delicata) courtesy of Dennis Paulson:

Below I've made the delicata pics fuzzy (actually fuzzier than the pics of the FW bird), for a different comparison:

Update: March 28, 2004: added a new pics from today:

The image below is from March 26 and reveals a number of interesting elements:- note the large feathers protruding on each side of the tail-base; they look (based on pattern and shape) rather like outer tail features that are not-yet fully-grown? if so, then their widths seem well beyond that expected for delicata, and fine for gallinago; if they are not retrices, what type of feather are they? Also, note how dark the inner part of the wing looks (keep in mind that from detailed examination of the standing bird, the wing coverts were a mixture of fresh (mainly lessers) and old/worn (mainly medians) feathers; finally, the white trailing edge to the secondaries does not narrow noticably towards the outer end, and seems to thicken slighty at the inner end:

March 29: here are three Wilson's Snipe photographed at the same site today, but in bright sun, which tends to exaggerate the paler zones in the underwing (all the photos of the presumed gallinago were taken in dull cloudy conditions which give the most neutral effect on the dark/light areas):
delicata A) with the presumed gallinago (right) for comparison:

note below on the delicata (left image) the slightly thinner and less even white trailing edge to the secondaries, the longer toe projection beyond the tail, and the paler median covert band in the inner wing, compared to the presumed gallinago (right):

delicata B) with presumed gallinago (right) for comparison:

delicata C) with presumed gallinago (right) for comparison:

More perched images of the presumed gallinago from March 28:

Note the pattern of the tertials: