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Snapped the yawn but was surprised at the flex in the beak. Interesting observationso does anyone know more about this?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Aug 2013 - 7:04 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Snipe showing flexible bill
Username:pronature pronature
Uploaded:4 Oct 2013 - 6:35 PM
Tags:Bill, Flexible, Snipe, Sweden, Wader, Wildlife / nature, Yawn
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Myathebirdwatcher999
Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2013 - 7:00 PM

Brilliant sharp shot!

MyaGrin

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 7:13 PM

A splendid well-timed shot;
sorry I don't know about the beak!
Ju

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 7:18 PM

How strange, not something I've ever seen before despite years of twitching.....

Ade

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Rev2
Rev2  4224 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 8:22 PM

While some birds' bills appear to be hard they are in fact flexible, the term is called rhynchokinesis & I've noticed several wader species including Dunlin, Snipe & Godwits exhibiting this behaviour.

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pronature
pronature  827 forum posts
5 Oct 2013 - 10:29 AM

Thanks rev -just googled it very interesting I suppose it helps waders capture worms etc in mud and soil.

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