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Common Snipe

Common Snipe
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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, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-26 0:25
Viewed: 2657
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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Hi Neighbour,

A stunningly perfect capture of this pretty snipe in a lovely pose. Details, colours and composition are great.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-26 1:36]

O fotografie interesanta, in plina miscare despre becatina, claritate, lumini, culori reusite!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-26 2:03]

Hi Razvan,a very great sharpness,decisive in this difficult background to see perfectly the snipe.Impressive colors and beautiful hard light too.Thanks for share this "abstract peinture",have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-26 2:15]

Hello Razvan,
This species I've met only once driving car in light my car in the forst at night. I was very surprised. Yours look very interesting in natural environment, good sharpness.
Regards, Pawel.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-26 3:53]

Hello Razvan,
Very difficult to isolate this snipe from the BG. But the colours are very beautiful and natural. Excellent pose, POV, sharpness and composition.

hello Razvan
super sharpness with good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Razvan,
a great capture of the Common Snipe, superb sharpness and splendid colours, not easy to capture this beautiful bird, very nice composition in a marvellous natural environment.
Best regards

hi razval
great pose, lovely light and extreme sharpness
maybe putting the bird further to the left would make the compo even more dynamic

A pesar del complicado fondo, solucionaste bien el ptoblema por el buen enfoque y sobre todo por una luz excepcional.
Saludos Razvan.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-26 7:49]

Hello Razvan,
Excellent bird in lovely pose, perfect focus, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, Best regards Siggi

Ciao Razvan, beautiful bird in lovely natural ambientation, good capture with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-26 15:24]

Slav Razvan,
Very nice capture of the bird in very lovely pose.TFS.

Fantastica ripresa come colori, dettagli e inquadratura: complimenti.

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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