Sunday, 16 November 2014

Who's Sniping ........

The common snipe is an enigmatic bird, part of its camouflage apart from its very effective plumage is that when seen in vegetation or reeds it has a bobbing action that seems to emulate shadows, these two elements can make it very difficult to see on occasions.

They do however show themselves on the fringes of their usual habitats when they feel comfortable and not particularly threatened.

Sadly, for reasons yet unidentified, it is in decline as a species in the United Kingdom.

This image catches the bird in a classic pose, wading in the shallows with its bill probing the muddy margins for food.

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