|Copyright: manaswi jain (manaswi27)
|Date Taken: 2015-05-10|
|Camera: FUJIFILM FINEPIX HS50EXR|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-12-21 1:40|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I Didn't notice this one is my 100th post on TN|
Medium-sized, plump wading bird. Long reddish-brown bill, slightly decurved at tip, and distinct white or pinkish eye patch. Rounded, buff-spotted wings and short tail. White of breast extends up around top of folded wing. The painted-snipe is not related to the true snipes and differs from them in habits, flight and appearance, being far more colorful and having longer legs than the snipes. It is unusual in that the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, with the sides of the head, neck and throat a rich chestnut brown, and a distinct black band across the breast; the male is paler and greyer.
The females court the males, are polyandrous with males incubating and raising the young as predicted by parental investment theory. Chicks are buff coloured and have black stripes running along their length.Immature birds resemble the male but lack the broken dark band across the breast. Males are also known to carry the chicks to safety under the wings.
The nest is usually a shallow scrape in soft ground, lined with plant material and situated among grass or reeds at the water's edge; sometimes a pad of vegetation or a nest of grass and weeds. The breeding season is between April and July.
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- [2015-12-21 19:21]
An attractive presentation of this cute little snipe family enjoying a daily swim. Looks like the water is completely covered in a type of duckweed. Beautiful camouflaged markings and attractive earth toned colors. Wonderful eye contact and nicely exposed.