Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Greenshank and Snipe

The waders are moving around at the moment, and I had some great views of two in particular at the weekend. A Greenshank and the Common Snipe. The Snipe is one of my favourite birds. Very peculiar looking with a ridiculously long bill for the birds size, but useful for probing the ground for food.
The Geeenshank has long legs and guess what? They are green. It is a very graceful bird as it walks around the edges of the shore line.

Common Snipe, with it's great bill.


The juvenile Greenshank and Snipe together.



Are you looking at me?

17 comments:

  1. great reflection shot! i've had the pleasure of a few snipes here at run*a*round. :)

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  2. Beautiful birds and reflections, Adam, and wonderful captures of both! I do love that LONG bill and matching LONG legs!!

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  3. I got a Snipe picture as well at the weekend at Martin Mere, but it's not as good as yours. I just enjoyed watching it though. From Findlay

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  4. I think you've captured well the character of the greenshank! We have Wilson's snipes here - very similar to your common snipe. :)

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  5. I have not havd the pleasure of seeing the snipe up close. But I would love too. Great shots. :)

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  6. The Snipe is one of my favorite birds. Great shots of both, the Snipe and Greenshank!

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  7. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Great photos of both birds. I especially like the Greenshank and the reflection in the water. Greenshanks migrate down here to Australia but I haven't seen any yet this season. It might be a little early for them.

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  9. These are lovely photos!
    It looks like that long bill would almost get in the way.

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  10. Great set of pictures - I like the one with both birds in the same shot - too long a bill, too long in the leg!

    Turns out the flamingos can be seen in Dubai year round - but I agree, I would have taken a long time to have come up with "The UAE" in a "Where is the picture from" competition!

    Thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - AUstralia

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  11. The snipe is one of my favorite birds! I even have a little wooden carving of one on my book shelf. I had never seen the Greenshanks. Love his name!

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  12. Wow, nice shots of the Greenshank Adam. They are such a flighty bird to get shots of.

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  13. love the 'are you looking at me'....very cool.

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  14. Wow! Great shots!! I love the reflections!

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  15. I love the last picture the best! Great shot!

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