Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 07/08/2014

Photo taken on May 25, 2013

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Gallinago gallinago
side view
SW of Calgary
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Wilson's Snipe
dropped before Scouted
screen shot taken

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A Snipe from last year

A Snipe from last year
I didn't realize until I had finished editing it, that this shot was taken last summer. This year, I've taken lots of photos of Wilson's Snipes, so I really didn't need to use an older photo. This Snipe was seen at a different location, but still along one of the backroads SW of the city. I always forget how small these birds are - you often don't see them till you are almost right up to them.

"These plump, long-billed birds are among the most widespread shorebirds in North America. They can be tough to see thanks to their cryptic brown and buff coloration and secretive nature. But in summer they often stand on fence posts or take to the sky with a fast, zigzagging flight and an unusual “winnowing” sound made with the tail." From AllAboutBirds.

"Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) is a small, stocky shorebird. This species was considered to be a subspecies of the Common Snipe (G. gallinago) until 2003 when it was given its own species status. Wilson's Snipe differs from the latter species in having a narrower white trailing edge to the wings, and eight pairs of tail feathers instead of the typical seven of the Common Snipe. Its common name commemorates the American ornithologist Alexander Wilson." From Wikipedia.'s_snipe

According to Fisher and Acorn's book, "Birds of Alberta", "the common Snipe is both secretive and well camouflaged, so few people notice it until it flushes suddenly from a nearby grassy tussock. As soon as the Snipe takes to the air, it performs a series of quick zigzags - an evasive maneuver designed to confuse predators. Because of this habit, Snipes were among the most difficult birds to shoot (in the days when shorebirds were hunted for sport), and skilled sportsmen were known as "snipers" - a term later adopted by the military."

Minty Chewson, Cats 99, Airam have particularly liked this photo

Cats 99
Cats 99
This one is a beautiful capture of the Snipe! I'm sure I have seen them and they ARE difficult to photograph! I might have gotten one or two successful shots though. There are so many birds at the lake that I still have a difficult time with ID sometimes.
4 years ago.