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Alert position
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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
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 0:49
Viewed: 3098
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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An amazing perfectly frozen moment from the life of the Fantail Snipe! Bravo Razvan! Perfect visual celebration of the specie, well presented with short but valuable notice.
George Veltchev

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-15 4:04]

Hello Razvan,
A really great view of the Snipe in a nice diagonal pose. Beautiful light and colours and fine sharp details too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi Razvan,

Very great shots. Color tones, light and sharpness, excellent set. Pleasing to the eye of a successful work. TFS

King Regards,

Well captured and very well exposed to show detail and catchlight in the eye. Good composition and colors.

Great shot of the snipe!

Dinamismo, buen encuadre y pose excelente.
Un buen trabajo Razvan.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-15 9:48]

Hello Razvan,
Fantastic photo of this snipe with a brilliant eye contact. Wonderful low POV, natural colours, DOF and composition. Superb sharp details. Great quality!

  • paolo49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 63 N: 888] (6200)
  • [2010-10-15 10:13]

Hello Razvan,
another great picture, sharp details and light fantastic. A nice image. Greetings, Paolo

Hello Razvan,
And this is perfect EYE contact!... Congratulations!
A "very live" shot!
TFS and happy WE!

Hi Razvan,
what a brilliant shot of this Snipe. You just surprised her in wading. Beautiful colours and fantastic sharpness.
Thanks for sharing it with us

Buna Razvan,
O imagine de 10 cu plus, o pasare surprinsa in mediul ei natural, detalii, claritate, culori si POV excelente. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

hello Razvan
what a great capture of common snipe in alert position, with a great eyes contact and sharp details. POV/DOF and colors also superb as like light using and composition. thanks for sharing, best wishes and have a nice weekend

Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Razvan,
Exceptional image with perfect timing to have captured this Snipe in a natural pose.Great exposure and sharpness bringing out the unique designs and colouration of its feathers.

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