Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wilson's Snipe

 Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Wilson's Snipes are secretive by nature and usually appear only at dawn or dusk. But in late June on the Carden Alvar (north of Kirkland, Ontario), snipes are commonly seen on fence posts during the day. A well-known birder in the area told me that the snipes are monitoring their young down below. Once the babies fledge, the father takes the two oldest and the mother the two youngest. So this snipe could be either a male or female. (I don't know how to distinguish one from the other.)

Delivering orders to his/her young

The young were probably foraging for insects and earthworms in the grass below the fence post.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

49 comments:

ADRIAN said...

This is a crisp and clear shot.

Revrunner said...

I'm always amazed to see pictures of these birds. In my younger days, I thought they were the figments of someone's imagination. :-)

Stewart M said...

What a cracking couple of pictures! Great looking bird!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jeevan said...

Excellent snipe shots! Interesting learning on its visibility and u got nice detail on its images.

Gill - That British Woman said...

the detail in the photos are wonderful.

see you there! said...

Now I know what a snipe looks like. Thanks for the info, interesting how the father takes two and the mother takes two. Always learn something from your bird pictures.

Darla

Kathy said...

I suppose they are hard to find at night is how the old snipe hunting game was started! They're pretty birds but we don't have them here. Or at least I've never heard anyone saying they actually saw a snipe!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pics, the behavior of birds is fascinating.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome closeups of the Snipes! I have only seen them from a distance. They are cool birds. Have a happy day!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Wow what a beautiful bird and the fact that he/she looks so pretty on one leg is awesome:) Hug B

Anvilcloud said...

Neat info here.

Randy said...

Nice capture.

Sandra said...

I like the beak on the second shot... glad mom and dad work together.

Sylvia K said...

Amazing birds and great captures, as always, EG!! They do indeed work together, don't they!! This is a new one for me, but you bring lots of new things into my world and I do enjoy them!! Hope your week is going well!!

Linda W. said...

Great pics of the snipe! When I was a youngster in Girl Scout camp, we used to go on "snipe hunts" in the dark. (Of course, these were just to prank people...)

Halcyon said...

What great portraits of these birds! Lucky you got to see them and share them with us.

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting info. I didn't know that.
Nice shots.
I was going to say
"OMG a one legged Snipe"--haha
MB

VP said...

I did my best today, but your prowess and your birds are unbeatable!

William Kendall said...

Quite a distinctive bird!

Blogoratti said...

Really wonderful indeed.

Debbie said...

what a great spot to strike a pose!! awesome captures!!!

Margaret Adamson said...

two wonderful portrait shots and it was lovely to see his tongue in the second shot.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

RedPat said...

Great shots, EG! Another one that I haven't ever seen!

Birdman said...

Beauty.

cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous. What a treat!

mick said...

Great photos of the Snipe. Wish I could see one this close! Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

If only our clothes were half as attractive as what the birds wear. A fine fellow (gal).

Adam Jones said...

Superb pictures of a fantastic bird.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Great pictures !

Rose said...

Wonderful images!

Kate said...

You photographed the Snipe and its remarkable bill very well!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful!

The Furry Gnome said...

Awesome pictures!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Wow - quite the beak!
Nice find, Tina!
Have a Great Day!!
Peace :)

Michelle said...

Excellent details in these shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is the most amazing parenting story I've ever heard! Fascinating! And fabulous portraits too. Loved this post.

llandudnopictures said...

Great shots!

Gayle said...

Wonderful shots and how interesting.

Cloudia said...

fine!

Stephanie said...

Beautifully captured images!

Kay said...

You caught some great details here. That first profile really shows off his/her head. Wouldn't it be a treat to have seen the youngsters below, too? (I know. One is enough of a treat.)

bettyl-NZ said...

That's a great looking bird. I've never seen one before.

Amy at love made my home said...

What a beautiful bird! xx

NatureFootstep said...

I had a near encounter with a common snipe yesterday. Looks almost exactly like yours. A fine image.

Wally Jones said...

Spectacular Snipe shots! We only see them here in central Florida during migration and don't get a chance to see the juveniles. Thank you for sharing!

Jack said...

More of your exceptional bird photographs, EG!

Pat Ulrich said...

Lovely shots! Photographing a snipe is high on my bird wish list, but I have yet to get the chance

Chris Rohrer said...

Holy smokes! You are one lucky lady! Great opportunity to observe this beautiful bird. Congrats!

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