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Common Snipe at 7 am

Common Snipe at 7 am
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-22 6:29
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Recently I posted an image of a Blue-headed Wagtail taken at 6 am. This was taken in the same marshy habitat an hour later, also from my hide.

The Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is the most common of the three European species of snipe. It is however not easy to photograph as it is shy. Even though this was taken from my hide it was a distance of over 15 meters and had to be cropped quite heavily.

The male Common Snipe displays and protects its territory in two ways. Here he is stretching his neck and making 'tick-tack' calls from the top of a large boulder. Tops of fencing posts are also often used for this purpose.

The other type of display is made by flying up to 100 meters up in the air to glide down with the tail feathers stretched out. The two outermost tail feathers vibrate to produce a soft musical drumming like a rapid woo-woo-woo sound.

This was taken with my camera hand held and after size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hola Ivan, una toma muy elegante, el pajaro parece que está posando. Un buen color y una luz perfecta, el fondo limpio y bien desenfocado aislan muy bien el motivo. Un saludo

Hi Ivan,

Excellent shot of this Common snipe
Superb compo with perfect sharpness and lovely colors
Great POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-05-22 7:03]

Hello Ivan,
A great composition with a nice POV,it poses nice for you,the colors,sharpness and dof are good.

Hi Ivan,
I like the POV, birds pose, catchlight, and comp here.
Very good detail, DOF, color, and exposure also.
Looks like it was perhaps a bit overcast? with the even lighting..
Or just that at 6:00am the sun has not come up yet..
Well done & TFS,

Hello Ivan,

Excellent picture of this common snipe. Very good POV and sharpness. Excellent natural colours.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-22 7:33]

Hi Ivan,
I like the pose you captured, the clean background, catchlight in the eye, POV, composition, lighting and details. TFS

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-05-22 7:35]

Hi Ivan,

You did a very good photo. This bird is not easy to photograph. Despite the fact I like going fishing I saw this bird only oance early in the morning in dim light.
Your photo has a very good light and you used it well geting a very nice, sharp clear image. Blurry background looks also very well.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Ivan, an another perfect shot of a bird, the Common Snipe with excellent criteria. TFS my friend!


Hello Ivan
The warm glow from the low sun is still there an hour later but it is diminishing slightly.
That said this is a perfectly taken picture..The sharp details of the snipe which are so well highlighted by the superb bg are just fantastic.
Great work and thank you for sharing this superb image.
Best Regards

Excellent use of the depth of field Ivan. There is some story as to this bird which was a way of joking as a child....and now I have forgotten how it goes..something about a bag and a snip hunt...strange..perhaps I will look it up...now that you have reminded me..

Quite the bill on this bird...For good reason I know, but if such good reasons exist for one particular or this say as a piper...why then not all birds? Creation is a mystery of which we may never know fully. Very well photographed portrait Ivan.

A fine capture indeed Ivan, we have the same species here, your sharply shot close up provides the beholder with all of the salient characteristics of the Common Snipe, thank you for this fine composition my friend.

Hi Ivan
Wonderful pose with great catchlite in eye
Nice natural color with splendid background
Very fine detail and good sharpness
Excellent capture. tfs jon

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful snipe bird. Very good details and a lovely composition. BTW why isn't posting anything till now??
Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-22 9:14]

Hi Ivan,

7 am sounds better to me than 6am. It was difficult - but I was up at 5 yesterday for an early plane. This Snipe is just perfect - pose, colors, details, the sparkle in his eye. The background is beautiful.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-22 9:15]

Hi Ivan

A lovely shot - great pose with very good detail.


Just off to airport so v short - I will be back :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-22 9:32]

Hi Ivan
Beautiful closed up image.The POV is perfect.Details and sharpness are also perfect.I loved your subject pose.
TFS Michel

Hi Ivan,
7 am means you were there at 7 am. So you deserved this great shot of the Snipe. The morning sun is an added push to the quality of the picture. Your post work is fancy and it pays. Great bird.
My best regards, Ivan,

Hello Ivan,
You got this shy one very very well, Ivan.
It doesn't look like a crop at all quality-wise.
Wonderful photo through its composition, content, sharpness, background, habitat and so forth.

Hello Ivan,
Great capture, beautiful natural colors, nice clarity and
good light, superb sharpness and depth of field, very
good details and good catchlight, lovely background colors
and blurr, well done.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-22 10:14]

Hello Ivan,
Great light and sharpness and fine composition.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-22 10:20]

Hi Ivan. The early morning light has worked so well . you have fine detail and natural colours in the Snipe. A nice POV/DOF.all with interesting notes..well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-22 11:05]

Hello Ivan,
Superb quality in this photo. There's nothing to critique about. Only that it's very beautiful with a lot of perfection.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-22 11:29]

Hi Ivan

Great capture of the Snipe,
Its a lovely composition with a great and perfect profile pose showing us how long the beak is perfectly.
Superb details and DOF.
Lovely colours an dlight too.


Bellissimo ritratto di beccaccino, ottimo POV, molto bella la composizione con il primo piano del sasso e con il beccaccino in una postura eretta e il contatto visivo, molto buona la nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

striking-perfect pic, TFS Ori

merhaba Ivan,
you are very earlier. I remember another post of your from early morning time. This is really great capture for Gaillinago gallinago. Sharpness wonderful and POV/OOF. composition and plain colored BG excellent. Timing and eyes contact also great. Thanks for sharing also this information.
PS: I will be in Cyprus in this weekend and next week. I will try to visit TN and yours.
Best regards to you and dear Ulla

Hi Ivan,

It is amazing how different many waders look when they stand straight. I posted a picture 2-3 weeks ago where the bird's pose was very different. It really looks fat and short necked compared to this. Excellent capture, perfect in all possible ways.



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-22 14:22]
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Absolutely SUPERB!!!
This is completely faultless!
Perfect in every way!

Incredibly well done!


p.s how close were you?

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-22 21:57]

Hello Ivan

I was watching several snipes in the marsh too.They are very quick fliers.
This is an excellent capture with sharp details and focus.
Very good morning light with well saturated colours.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-22 22:32]

Hello Ivan,
You say this is a shy bird and you have got this one too quiet well even with cropping.
I like the PoV, the turn of the head and the completely muted green BG that sets off the subject very well.The rock and its colour compliments the plumage colours of the bird. the placement of the subject to the left adds to the beauty of the composition.
Very well done ...into my favourites..

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-22 23:21]

Hi Ivan,

A superb upload,the pose,the light,colors and sharpness are great and you had a steady hand to make the capture out from the hide,well done and tfs

ps I had a try this morning to look for some wild boars out from the hide,unfortunately they did not show up

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-22 23:40]

Hello Ivan,
What a fine picture! This Common Snipe is a very elegant bird and you caught in in a perfect attitude. Excellent decentred composition and wonderful subtle colours. Just great.
Bonne journée

Simple y elegante, donde das una lección de encuadre !!!

Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Very nice clear shot of this Snipe Ivan. Focus and exposure on this guy are excellent. You have him in a great pose on that rock, and he stands out very well against the green background provided through your depth of field.

Thanks, John

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-23 2:52]

Hello Ivan, Very nice shot and lovely composition. Perfect sharpness and great colors. Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-23 4:40]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot of this elegant Common Snipe in a fine pose. Great colours and details on its plumage and the morning light is so beautifully handled. That eye is really very expressive. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Ivan

Great shot, especially with teh heavy crop.
Composition is really good. Sharpness and plumage details are exceptional. As I've said before a great lens that one (the photographer isn't to bad either :).
Great exposure, I like the light and OOF background.


Hi Ivan, elegant bird with wonderful sharpness, perfect focus and fantastic details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

What a shot, ivan!
very well captured!
The BG brings out the subjects sharpness even more!
Very well done!

Hello Ivan,
Perfect image of the Snipe well captured and composed!
so sharp with that awesome colour and super details
I especially loved the lighting in this shot
many thanks for the sharing
best regards

Sorry for catching up late with your lovely picture, Ivan. The summer camp is in full swing in the school and I hardly find time to write my daily quota of critiques.
The Snipe looks charming in the mellow sunlight of the morning. The subject and foreground are well segregated from the OOF BG in this picture.
TFS and regards.

bonjour ivan
tres belle image et ce qui fait le point fort de cette photo c'est que l'on ne voit pas souvent cet oiseau sur le site(ni même en reel!!).

hello Ivan

in my absence of TN i lost alot of great shots, this Common Snipe
photo that you did is one of that, WOW ! what a beautiful image
of the Common Snipe on his typical pose, i am dreaming to do
such a photo of the snipe, very fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful morning luminosity of the image, great sharpness
and details, and that catch-light at the eye that changes alot
the image by improvint it, TFS alot for this fine image



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-27 6:34]

Bonita captura,
efectivo foco y pov,
plumaje y buena iluminación...
saludos Ivan.

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-15 8:55]

Hello Ivan,
I like this bird species and also your photo. I have seen the snipe several times but always only when startled and flying away. Thus I know it's not easy to spot. You got a very nice image with nicely shallow DOF, yet suggesting what kind of habitat it leaves in. Nice gentle colours too.
Best greetings,

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