Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wilson's Snipe/World Birds

Wilson's snipe, Carden Alvar, Ontario

This snipe would be well camouflaged if it were standing in a field, but as you can see it was feeling bold standing on a fence post, apparently something they are well known for. 

Can you hear it saying wheat wheat wheat?  If it were flying overhead you might hear an eerie woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo.  It's breading season and apparently there's a lot to talk about.

Is it listening?

Notice its long beak, short neck and short legs. With it's long bill it probes for insects and worms in wet meadows and fields, as well as along the edges of streams and ditches.

Yep, it heard my camera click

I am linking yo World Bird Wednesday.

23 comments:

Kerri said...

These are SUPER!!

Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely photos, haven't seen a snipe yet.

Halcyon said...

What an amazing shot you got! So crisp and clear, I'm really impressed. And he certainly heard you clicking away, but that's a good thing. That let you get his good side. :)

Kate said...

The last photo with the alert bird in profile is wonderful.

Sandra said...

looks like a distant relative of our willets at the beach.

see you there! said...

I always wondered what a snipe looked like. Now, thanks to your excellent pictures, I know. Cute!

Darla

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fantastic photos ~ absolutely wonderful ~ ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Judy said...

Great shots!! We used to have snipe here, but I haven't heard any in a couple of years. Maybe getting too built up...

Kathy said...

These pictures are so nice with the green background. It perfectly coordinates with the green-tinged moss on the post.

Judy said...

These pictures are great. They should be in a bird identification book! They are much better than the ones in the book I have.

Paul in Powell River said...

Nice catch! My camera has a "click" that's loud enough that I get a frame off and the bird is gone, sigh!

TexWisGirl said...

love that look over his shoulder. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

ADorable little friend and the portraits are great!
I'm impressed, you know a lot about birds!
Léia

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great shots of this bird. I'm not familiar with the Wilson Snipe. I love seeing pictures of birds and learning more about them.

Pam :) said...

Your photos are amazing.. and I love this stunning Wilson's snipe.
cheers

Susan said...

Isn't he handsome! Love how he's looking at you over his shoulder.

cieldequimper said...

These could be NG shots!!!

RedPat said...

I don't think I've even heard of these! Great shots.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
What a lovely bird.

Lowell said...

This is a snipe? Holy cow! Some friends took me snipe hunting a long time ago and I never did find any snipes. Didn't find anything else, either. Not even my "friends." :-)

Stephanie said...

I learned something new today. Thank you! Love the clarity of your shots.

George said...

Thanks for sharing these photos of the snipe. That long beak is very impressive.

Rose said...

S/he is a real little beauty.

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