Snooping for snipe

The common snipe can be an elusive bird. Not only does it like to keep hidden (the RSPB describe it as “skulking”), but its mottled plumage acts as a highly effective camouflage. Even when they’re right in front of you, snipe can be very hard to spot against a backdrop of yellow and brown vegetation.

I was therefore very fortunate to witness five of the species together at WWT Slimbridge this week. Clearly feeling confident in their surroundings, the birds were out and about on South Lake, feeding in the water and along the banks.

This presented me with the opportunity to capture some video of the snipe strutting their stuff.

With the birds coming close the hide, I was also able to take a number of nice photos. Have a look at my Flickr gallery to see more.

Snipe on the shore
Snipe on the shore
Snipe wading
Snipe wading
Snipe and redshank
Snipe and redshank