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Greater Painted-snipe

Greater Painted-snipe
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-04-26 2:51
Viewed: 2152
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another NEW BIRD for TREKNATURE, the Greater Painted-snipe. In the photo you see the female, which is more color-full than the male. You can see the male in the workshop.
I photographed them in golden-hour evening light.

The Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) is a species of wader in the family Rostratulidae. It is found in marshes in Africa, India, Pakistan, and South-east Asia (Sulawesi).

Medium-sized, plump wading bird. Long reddish-brown bill, slightly decurved at tip, and distinct white or pinkish eye patch. Rounded, buff-spotted wings and short tail. White of breast extends up around top of folded wing. The Painted-snipe is not related to the true snipes and differs from them in habits, flight and appearance, being far more colorful and having longer legs than the snipes. It is unusual in that the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, with the sides of the head, neck and throat a rich chestnut brown, and a distinct black band across the breast; the male is paler and greyer.

Not a vocal species; the male at times utters a shrill trill, while the female makes a guttural ook sound as well as hissing noises during breeding displays.
Usually found close to the fringes of reed beds along shorelines of marshes, swamps, ponds and streams.
Solitary or in pairs, sometimes in groups of up to 12. Rather shy and retiring, skulking close to the vegetation so that it can retreat to cover if disturbed. When flushed, flies like a rail with legs dangling. Bobs hindquarters on landing and sometimes when walking. Probes for food in the mud. The female initiates courtship and may mate with more than one male. The male incubates the eggs.

Food and feeding
They feed on insects, crustaceans, molluscs and seeds.

The females court the males, are polyandrous with males incubating and raising the young as predicted by parental investment theory. Chicks are buff coloured and have black stripes running along their length. Immature birds resemble the male but lack the broken dark band across the breast. Males are also known to carry the chicks to safety under the wings.
The nest is usually a shallow scrape in soft ground, lined with plant material and situated among grass or reeds at the water's edge; sometimes a pad of vegetation or a nest of grass and weeds. The breeding season is between April and July.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-26 4:30]

Hi Peter,fantastic reflections and background,a great way to take a pic of this painted snipe that i never seen before,magnificent pic,well composed and very sharp! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Deze staat lekker in het zonnetje
mooie opname van deze bijzondere vogel
bedankt weer
gr lou

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful bird, lovely composition with fantastic reflections, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Congratulation for showing us first time this beautiful male-female "Greater Painted-Snipe". Quite well presented; details are good although birds was far from your reach. Details on water surface would be an attractive view here.
Thanks and have a nice WE,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-04-29 13:09]

A beautiful bird indeed, perfectly situated in a "golden pond". Excellent photograph! The picture of the male is also outstanding.

TFS, and have a lovely weekend, Peter,


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-05-01 10:43]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful photo of this nice bird. Fantastic colours and excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-05-10 10:54]

Hola Peter...me encanta esta foto de una especie que no conocía, lindo entorno, reflejo y composición...saludos.

Hi Peter,

I like the ripples and the reflections on the water. The point of view is showing the details of the Greater Painted-snipe. The good luminosity is givng nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-05-23 11:39]

Hello Peter,
Another first from you..very fine shot of this "new" bird and its reflection in the green water. Excellent contribution to TN.
Have a nice evening

Peter, you are the Charles Darwin of TN, really,
outstanding image, great great notes.
thousand points my friend,

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