A novice birdwatcher looking at Monthly Marathon photo number 201 (Brit. Birds 96: plate 245, repeated here as plate 25) might wonder if the bird depicted in the photograph is a wader, with the stripes on the mantle possibly suggesting a species of snipe Gallinago. Along with the striped mantle, our bird also shows conspicuous white barring on the flanks. Taken together, these features do not fit


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