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Understanding that pictures can be misleading, a 'single' picture can
downright 'lie', and nobody asked me what I thought(!), I have to say
the photo posted on MOBIRDS-L does not really look like a Ruff!!!  I'm
troubled by the combination of a distinct supercilium and dark lores.
The 'face' just doesn't look right to me . . .

As variable as Ruff may be, I'm not sure a Pectoral or Stilt Sandpiper
with an aberrant bill is ruled out by the photo.

That's not to say the bird isn't a Ruff, but the single photo is
bothersome.  Any other pics available???

Chris Hobbs
Shawnee, KS
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-----Original Message-----
From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Chris Merkord
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 1:44 PM
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Subject: Ruff photo from Monday

I have posted the photo I took of the Ruff on Monday.  I'll be out of
town
for a couple of weeks so I won't be able to respond to any comments
until I
get back.  You can see the photo at:

http://www.chrismerkord.com/photos/birds/philomachus_pugnax.html

Cheers,
Chris


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Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, & Behavior Program
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Columbia-Missouri
105 Tucker Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211 USA
573.882.4854 Office
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