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Pin-tail or common snipe help please. Muscat, Oman, March 26, 2024 (1 Viewer)


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Hi, attached are a series of photos taken around 4:30 pm at the mouth of the Muscat River - which is more like a puddle this time of year.

For me, in favour of pin-tail are the head shape, with a roundish head and the peak appearing near the front. Also, though I am unsure if this helps, the barring on the flanks is quite minor.

I cannot tell if the tail is considered short, which would mean pintail I think, or long, in which case common. I cannot make out the width of the outer tail feathers but maybe someone with keener eyes than mine can:) for which I would be most grateful.
Unfortunately, they were busy feeding and did not spread their tail or raise their wings while I was there.
There are at least 2 snipe, as indicated by the pair in one photo. Wining the loto would be one of each of course:)
But maybe the best I can hope for is it is definitely one or the other.
Any comments, criticisms or suggestions most welcome.
thank you in advance


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Thank you Prestdj, i wasn't sure how long "long" was so pointing out which photo shows the long tail is quite helpful. That was very nice of you to comment on my photos. I think my photos make everyone else's look quite professional:)
I was not aware of the scapular id point so thank you for that as well.
much appreciated
this shows the primary projection well the "macmillan guide to europe and middle eastern birds" first copy got sent to birder in iran as he wanted a bird book to id what he saw so bought a new one, for a 28 year old book its still a great addition to the collection

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