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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-03 3:22
Viewed: 2578
Points: 26
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Snipe or Fantail Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is a small, stocky shorebird.
The breeding habitat is marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows in Iceland, the Faroes, northern Europe and Russia. Common Snipe nest in a well-hidden location on the ground.
European birds winter in southern Europe and Africa, and Asian migrants move to tropical southern Asia.
Adults are 23-28 cm in length with a 39-45 cm wingspan. They have short greenish-grey legs and a very long straight dark bill. The body is mottled brown on top and pale underneath. They have a dark stripe through the eye, with light stripes above and below it. The wings are pointed.
These birds forage in soft mud, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects and earthworms, also plant material.
The male performs "winnowing" display during courtship, flying high in circles and then taking shallow dives to produce a distinctive sound - which has given the bird its Finnish name taivaanvuohi, "sky goat", because the sound is similar to the baaing of a goat.
This species closely resembles the Wilson's Snipe, G. delicata, of North America, which was until recently considered to be a subspecies G. g. delicata of Common Snipe. The latter differs from the North American species in having a wider white edge to the wings, and seven pairs of tail feathers instead of eight.
There are two other races of Common Snipe; G. g. faeroeensis in Iceland, the Faroes, Shetland and Orkney, and G. g. gallinago in the rest of the Old World. The latter is a species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
This well camouflaged bird is usually shy and conceals itself close to ground vegetation and flushes only when approached closely. They fly off in a series of aerial zig-zags to confuse predators. Snipe hunters, therefore, needed to be very skilled to hunt these birds and they came to be called snipers - a term later adopted by the military.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-03 3:58]

Hello Razvan,
Great photo of this Snipe, taken from a very good low POV. Beautiful light in natural and clear colours. Excellent sharp details, DOF and composition. Beautiful environment. Very nice eye contact.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-11-03 4:59]

Hello Razvan
Nice capture.Excellent low POV.Is is a big accomplishment just to see them on ground and then to get that closed.Sharp image with good detail and nice colors in the natural habitat.
TFS Michel

Ciao Razvan. Best compliment for this lighting and focused capture. Very good light to exalt warm colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-03 5:33]

Hi Razvan,another time the warm light on the bird was decisive for the beauty of your pic! The best way to have the best colors and impressive sharpness,excellent water background too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-03 7:06]

Salut Razvan,
fiecare cu ce poate. Unii cu peisajele , altii cu fauna ! Excelenta compozitie, cu niste culori splendide.
Iti doresc o zi frumoasa,

Inca o pasare splendida.
Nu mai este de spun nimic, doar ca este minunata!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-03 8:26]

Inca o pasare de exceptie!
Culori naturale si detalii de calitate!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-03 9:18]

Foarte buna prezentare a speciei, atit grafic, cit si ca descriere, text, numai bine!

Buna Razvan,
Foarte expresiva imagine, iar pozitia pasarii excelent surprinsa.
Culori potrivite si detalii foarte bune.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-03 10:45]

Hi Razvan. You take some first class close ups of water birds this being one of them . You have captured the snipe with fine detail and warm colours good use of the sun light. I like the low POV. well taken TFS.

Hello Razvan,

what an nice picture from this bird with good pov and dof.
Fine warm colours.


Hi Razvan,

Beautiful shot of this Common Snipe
Perfect sharp details, lovely colors, great POV and superb light

TFS Thijs

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-03 12:40]

Slav Razvan,
Very good capture of this Snipe with excellent sharpness and great POV.TFS.

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