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Mr & Mrs Snipe

Mr & Mrs Snipe
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 640, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-29 3:33
Viewed: 3559
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Common Snipes at Bough Beech Reservoir nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

In: Common Snipe Ca: Becadell comú Da: Dobbeltbekkasin De: Bekassine Es: Agachadiza común Fi: taivaanvuohi Fr: Bécassine des marais It: Beccaccino Nl: Watersnip No: Enkeltbekkasin Pt: Narceja Sv: Enkelbeckasin US: Common Snipe Ru: Бекас

A Snipe can easily be identified, either by its extraordinarily long bill or by its familiar camouflaged plumage with stripes through its head and down its back. When flushed, a Snipe rises noisily and vertically, zig-zagging to a height before dropping some distance away. The long bill, pointed wings and stripey plumage are usually visible and the white trailing edge to the wing should stand out.

Breeds in marshes and boggy areas. Winters on saltmarshes, coastal lagoons and other marshy areas.

The springtime display of the Snipe is something special. He usually starts by flying methodically over the breeding site, calling loudly but then he suddenly dives down with his outer tail feathers at right angles so that the rushing air makes them hum, a display known as 'drumming'.

The British and Irish populations are largely sedentary, but birds from northern and eastern Europe migrate south during July-October, returning March-May.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-29 4:28]

Hello Pekka,
Great picture! Wonderful birds with excellent sharpness.I can't even find one and you managed to get two! Excellent sharpness and colours.Very well done
Best regards

Hello Pekka,

Fantastic capture.
Focus, light and sharpness are excellent.
Good composition.

hello pekka,
nice capture of the pair of Common Snipes , i liked the pov and the compo, the reflection on water makes the shot beautiful, lovely natural colors,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-29 6:34]

Hej Pekka,
Beautiful capture of this fine pair both nicely in focus. I like the light and the reflections in the water. A lovely green scene!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-29 7:50]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent capture of a pair of Common Snipe taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and contrast against the green leafy BG. The reflections in the water are a nice touch.
Thanks for sharing this fine image and have a good weekend,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-29 9:09]

Hello Pekka,

It is not easy to photograph these birds. You did it fine. Bird are shown in a fine pose being obvious there were not frightened by your presence. Itis tha pattern and colors of the plumage that makes them look so well against the green background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-29 9:10]

Hi Pekka,

A delightful shot of these two Snipes wading and drinking. They are both in perfect focus with wonderful colors and razor sharp details. The setting is beautiful - the reflections are wonderful - the composition is lovely.


Hello Pekka

These are not easy birds to shoot.
They still have the look in their eyes that they know something is going on.
Lovely composition in a natural setting with no obstructions.
Well done.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-29 10:17]

Hello Pekka, very good composition showing that nice couple, good light and exposure too, good job!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-29 12:12]

Hi Pekka. A very colourful picture of the pair. Which you have captured with good detail. with a good refection in the water. well done TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-11-29 14:10]

Hello Pekka,
Only once I've seen this species in night in lights my car from 2 m distance on forest road. Your are in full light, good sharpness in natural environment.
Regards, Pawel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-30 10:52]

Hi Pekka,
a superb shot of these two Snipes.
Great colours and nice warm light.
Well composed.
Superb clarity.

Well done,

p.s great to meet you today, I hope you had a good time.

hello Pekka

an excellent shot of Mr & Mrs Snipe with fine POV, DOF and framing,
superb luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
i love their pose and reflection on the water, TFS


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