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The Snipe (gallinago gallinago)
It is a well camouflaged bird, it is usually shy and conceals itself close to ground vegetation and flushes only when approached closely. When flushed, they utter a sharp note that sounds like scape, scape and fly off in a series of aerial zig-zags to confuse predators. They forage in soft mud, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects and earthworms, also some plant material.
I caught this pair in a shaft of sunlight standing there like an old couple nattering. Quite liked the reflection also.
Most grateful and appreciative for the generous reception given to the Long Tailed Lemur and particular thanks to Steve (sparrowhawk) and Garth (vanilla penguin) for the UA's.

Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 300 f4
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Oct 2012 - 11:18 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Mr & Mrs Snipe.
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:24 Jan 2013 - 3:36 PM
Tags:Snipe, Waders, Wildlife / nature, Wildlife.
Votes:85

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
24 Jan 2013 - 3:38 PM

This is an excellent capture !! I like the light and reflections Smile

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NaturesHaven
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24 Jan 2013 - 3:40 PM

Nice pair.....lets hope they don't Snipe at each other...............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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johnjo58
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24 Jan 2013 - 3:41 PM

Excellent capture Ronnie, normally the trouble is even seeing them so you have done very well here

David

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 3:46 PM

Thanks Herman,Julia and David.
Ron

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cheesey
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24 Jan 2013 - 3:47 PM

Wonderful, detail, light and reflection.
Great shot.
Cheesey.

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sparrowhawk
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24 Jan 2013 - 3:50 PM

stunning shot Ron i have seen these myself on numerous occasions though not been close enough to photograph

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christinecilia
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24 Jan 2013 - 3:58 PM

great shot love the reflextions like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
24 Jan 2013 - 4:04 PM

Excellent shot and smashing reflections Ron, good detail like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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RonnieAG
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24 Jan 2013 - 4:06 PM

Their colouring does blend well with their surroundings here, Ron: a fine shot of the pair and their reflections.
Ronnie.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 4:15 PM

A top class image of these almost identical twins, Ron Smile. Superb reflections too. Carol

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 - 4:30 PM

A stunning capture.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 4:32 PM

Beautifully caught with a lovely reflection

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 4:45 PM

Fantastic Ron what a fine duo, where did you find these?

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tonyng
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24 Jan 2013 - 4:52 PM

2 for the price of 1. Great capture Ron.

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JuBarney
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24 Jan 2013 - 5:07 PM

A fine shot with that reflection
Ju

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
24 Jan 2013 - 5:09 PM

Superb capture, detail and reflections
Effrossini

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bobhowell
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24 Jan 2013 - 5:35 PM

Hi Ron very difficult to see I suspect due to there colours a great sharp photo well taken Bob Smile

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Glostopcat
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24 Jan 2013 - 5:50 PM

What a splendid pair they are Ron, they blend in so well with their surroundings and the reflection is excellent

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 5:59 PM

Lovely shot Ron with superb reflections.

Glyn

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franken
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24 Jan 2013 - 5:59 PM

Really impressive image Ron.

Ken

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 6:04 PM

Superb shot and to get the reflections and both together is a real bonus. paul

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Barbaraj
Barbaraj  7450 forum posts England
24 Jan 2013 - 6:13 PM

The birds and reflection are good.

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Lillian
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24 Jan 2013 - 6:14 PM

Well shot Ron,
and so hard to see let alone photograph
great image
Lillian

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 6:53 PM

Thanks all
Ron

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tomcat
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24 Jan 2013 - 6:54 PM

A good take Ron
Love those reflections of these elusive birds

Adrian

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Herge88
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24 Jan 2013 - 7:15 PM

Brilliant reflections in this fine wildlife shot.

Best Matt

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rayme330
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24 Jan 2013 - 7:17 PM

An all round excellent image Ron, love the sharpness and the reflections.

Ray

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Fefe
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24 Jan 2013 - 7:41 PM

Great image!
Diane

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Mike_Smith
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24 Jan 2013 - 7:41 PM

Cracking image these birds have a hell of a beak lol

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Louise_Morris
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24 Jan 2013 - 8:13 PM

We have these at our local NR Ron - I hope to nail a decent shot of them soon but weather hash't been too kind of late!! Tongue

This is a perfectly executed image.

Lou

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taggart
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24 Jan 2013 - 9:37 PM

The reflections are wonderful-- good to see the pair togehter!

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AnnJ
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24 Jan 2013 - 10:20 PM

This is such a lovely shot. Ann.

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Daisymaye
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24 Jan 2013 - 10:58 PM

A wonderful capture and do love those reflections........Sandy

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Maiwand
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24 Jan 2013 - 11:58 PM

Thanks good people.
Ron

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Brian65
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25 Jan 2013 - 10:44 AM

WOW! what a great shot Ron, wish i had seen it yesterday, it would have had my UA.
Brian

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25 Jan 2013 - 2:07 PM

Excellent shot Ron its got the lot for me
mike

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helenlinda
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25 Jan 2013 - 4:33 PM

A good capture and write up Ron SmileSmile
Helen

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teocali
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25 Jan 2013 - 5:17 PM

Superb natural capture, Ron with rich warm light and lovely reflections. This pair of beautiful birds looks so good in the natural habitat.
Sylvia

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Rende
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25 Jan 2013 - 6:50 PM

Lovely, with those reflections.
Rende

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maggie9
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25 Jan 2013 - 7:00 PM

superb shot
wonderfully natural
reflections a great bonus

maggie

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ChristineD
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26 Jan 2013 - 9:30 PM

Excellent shot and reflections

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UrbaneMagick
26 Jan 2013 - 10:24 PM

never seen one before, great capture Ron.

In the hospital, they have a series of photos taken around twenty years ago..one of them is of a snipe hunt, with one guy in a beret & plus fours , the beret with a snipe featehr in it.
..... people who like to shoot things it seems will shoot anything.... can;t see why people would hunt snipe?
..they are all Dorset photos.

Gareth

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Maiwand
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27 Jan 2013 - 2:51 PM

Thanks all.
Ron

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senn
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27 Jan 2013 - 5:54 PM

fantastic capture with fabulous detail, Ron

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fificat100
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27 Jan 2013 - 11:24 PM

Superbly detailed capture of this well-lit pair, enhanced with their reflection.

Lavina

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 6:42 AM

The image is great and I love the info. Thanks

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 8:09 PM

'Superb color Wildlife Shot' ~ LEx Wink

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NeilWigan
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1 Feb 2013 - 8:46 PM

a perfect capture Ron .

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