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The camouflaged Wilson's Snipe

The camouflaged Wilson's Snipe
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F601zoom, SUPER EBC FUJINON LENS 3X Optical Zoom
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage, Small bird, big World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-27 19:31
Viewed: 2941
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello, today i am presenting you a bird that i am
very happy to had shooted in photo, and i was very
lucky to spot this lovely bird when i was walking
on a field of grass, it is my first Wilson's Snipe photo

i was with my 3 megapixels compact camera,
photo shot at ISO 200

from the « All About Birds » website,
here some texts on the Wilson's Snipe :


« Wilson's Snipe

A common shorebird of wet, grassy spots, the Wilson's Snipe
has an extremely long bill that it uses to probe in the mud
for small invertebrates. Its camouflage is so good that
it often is not seen before it flushes from the grass.

The Wilson's Snipe was recently recognized
as a different species from the Common Snipe of Eurasia.
The two snipes look extremely similar, but differ in the shape,
patterning, and usually the number of the tail feathers.
The Wilson's Snipe typically has 16 tail feathers, whereas the
Common Snipe has 14. These numbers vary, however,
and a Common Snipe may have from 12 to 18 tail feathers. »

thanks for viewing and critiques


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Hello Asbed,

Good shot in his natural habitat.
Good of sharpness with much details.


Hi Asbed.
Well the grass is not the best composition for it, but I would have done this too.
I see one around an area I am working, but it is always gone when i get the camera.
Maybe if you cropped if closer the amount of grass left, would have been a nicer presentation. It is quite well camouflaged I say.

Hi Asbed,

Just marking up now, be back later...


Hi Asbed
Very well camouflaged couldnt see the snipe in the thumbnail,well seen and captured.tfs jon

Hello Asbed,
A lovely and very well composed capture showing this camouflaged Wilson's Snipe my friend.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-28 7:14]

Hello Asbed,
Well spotted and well captured!
Snipe are not easy to see on the ground and this is a great capture of a Wilson's with fine sharpness and well composed in its natural habitat.
Well done Asbed and thanks for sharing this!
Best wishes, Ivan

...There must be some international snipe day. Yours has it cuteness in it's hiding among some bushes yet you saw it fine...reminds me of a child's game of hide and seek.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-28 9:33]

Hi Asbed,

Another bird I am not familiar with! Good eye to see him almost hidden in the grass. You managed a good shot with nice details of his face.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-04-28 12:44]

Hello Asbed,

Very nice photo, congratulations for your first Snipe
he's well hidden.. nice colors and sharp picture
..Well done


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-28 13:05]

Hi Asbed

Very well seen. A lovely shot showing how the bird is often seen. Well done for having the camera with you - I usually have left it behind.


Salut Asbed
Bravo pour cette belle photo. L'oiseau est superbe et les couleurs sont justes. J'aime bien l'environnement et la composition.Il fallait avoir l'oeil pour le découvrir
Merci pour le partage....JP

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-28 22:35]

Salut Asbed,
Il est rare de voire une photo de bécasine sur TN.
Merci pour la partage,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-06 7:05]

Hello Asbed

A very good capture of this snipe,they can be very difficult to get close too.
The details and colours are very good.
Well documented shot of this display of camouflage.


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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-05-16 17:06]

Hi Asbed,
it´s true! it camouflage very well!!! good eye!
Although the grass disturbs a little, i think that this was the only chance, so... it´s good. You have captured nice details over it. Seems to be a very small bird: comparison with the grass is great.
have a nice day

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