Dinosaur of the week: Magellanic Snipe

Gallinago magellanica is sometimes seen as part of Gallinago paraguaiae. Taxonomy can be a minefield!

I saw this amazingly well camouflaged bird near Cape Pembroke on East Falkland.


Dinosaur of the week: Pond Heron


We are entering the murky waters of Khao Lak in Thailand and the even murkier ones of heron taxonomy. This is a member of the Ardeola species, but apparently it is almost impossible to distuguish Ardeola speciosa (Javan pond heron) from Ardeola bacchus (Chinese pond heron) outside the breeding season. Their non-breeding ranges overlap, so take your pick.