Is this a Snipe or a Jack Snipe?
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It is a Snipe or a Jack Snipe.
Difficult to be certain, but the bold stripes on the back and apparent dumpy size might suggest Jack Snipe. I would not want to pretend that that was an ID, though... Common Snipe is just as likely, probably more so. How deep was the water?!
PS: Jack Snipe certainly do, on occasion, feed out in the open, but they are usually very skulking, of course.
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How was it behaving? Jack Snip often have a distinctive bobbing up and down movement.
I couldn't see any movement. There were 3 birds which someone said were Snipe at the edge of a reedbed about 150m away. This was the best photo I took of one of the birds. Jack Snipe have been seen nearby earlier in the week.
It is very hard to tell the bright stripes on the back might indicate jack snipe which are occassionly seen in the open, but the seeming lack of bars on the belly and the hint of a pale stripe on the crown would tend to indicate snipe.
How long were the beaks on the birds you saw?
The other birds were facing me so I couldn't gauge beak length. I have uploaded another photo showing 2 of them.
But the right hand bird of the new upload seems to have a very long bill (although that could be a photographic artifact) so would be a Snipe.
Yes and that is the same bird as in the first photo where the bill appears shorter as it is partly under water. Also the 2 birds seem roughly the same size.
Lat/Lng: 51.33093, -2.64127
OS grid ref: ST554592