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Gallinago gallinago

Gallinago gallinago
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Copyright: mehmet Gungor (mgungor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 61] (226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-03 13:22
Viewed: 4107
Points: 22
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Common Snipe

Conservation status

Least Concern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus: Gallinago

Species: G. gallinago

Binomial name
Gallinago gallinago
Linnaeus, 1758
G. g. gallinago
G. g. faroeensis

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.

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.[1]


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wonderfull capture, and deep sharpness

Mehmet merhaba,
Ahmet hoca ile ikiniz Niğde'yiy epey tanıttıznı güzel fotoğraflarla. Keskinlik biraz artırılsa sanırım daha net olurdu. Selamlar. Mustafa

Beautiful composition... I love the reflection in the water. Colors are lovely, detail could be a bit better, but I think that is only a minor detraction as the overall image is so pretty. Well done !

TFS, Mish

Hi Mehmet,

A good POV of the bird, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


merhaba mehmet,
güzel poz, güzel çekim. netlik, açı, ışık gayet güzel. selamlar

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Netlikte hafif sorun olsada güzel bir tür yakalmışsınız.Tebrikler.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-07 18:41]

selam mehmet bey;guzel kus iyi cekim tebrikler

Selam Mehmet:"Hayirli Bayramlar dilerim"

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-03 10:26]

merhaba mehmet
su kuslarina yaklasmak benim icin oldukca zor heleki kamuflajsiz ve 300mm ile
400mm ile iyi bir is cikarmissin
kompozisyon, bakis acisi iyi olan bu calismada suyun gorunumu etkileyici olmus
eline saglik

Hi Mr. Mehmet, Nice capture! Well done! TFS.
Regards, Bayram

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  • savran (121)
  • [2008-02-05 3:25]

çok güzel bir Gallinago gallinago resmi. Eline sağlık. Zannedersem Akkaya baraj göleti. Son zamanlarda bu gölete bayağı göçmen kuş geliyo.

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