Wilson’s Snipe on the Confluence Road

Wilson's Snipe - Scolopacidae - Gallinago delicata - Confluence Road, St. Charles Co, MO.
Wilson’s Snipe – Scolopacidae – Gallinago delicata – Confluence Road, St. Charles Co, MO.

With everyone on Facebook posting their great photos of our Thanksgiving Snipe, I thought I would go ahead and process and share before they got lost and forgotten for months.  The photo above is, in my opinion, the most pleasing way of capturing a shore bird.  The back of most shore birds are often their most colorful and patterned side.  I like to try and capture the from behind with their head turned so to see their eye and the length/shape of their bill.

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Wilson’s Snipe – Scolopacidae – Gallinago delicata – Confluence Road, St. Charles Co, MO.

I did not bring a wider lens on this morning, but I wish that I had.  I counted 17 Snipe within a pretty close distance of each other in a section of sweet and soft mud.

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Nares Deep! Wilson’s Snipe – Scolopacidae – Gallinago delicata – Confluence Road, St. Charles Co, MO.

In the image above one can imagine the depth they can get with those lance-like bills as they probe the mud for invertebrates.  Check out the video below to get an idea of how these guys feed.

-OZB

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