The Snipe – Master at Camouflage


I went to a high-end hunting supply store, searching for a camouflage shirt.  I couldn’t find one.

I am not a credit to my profession; that of a wildlife photographer.  I never got into wearing camo gear.  I don’t know why.  Anyway, if you come a’lookin’ fo me, I am easy to find. 🙂

But a creature that is a master at camouflage is the Wilson’s Snipe.  They can blend in with the environment in which they live.  You can be looking right at it and not know it is there.  That happened to me once.  I was searching the reeds along the side of a creek.  I spotted what I though was a dark spot on a leaf.  After staring at it for a few seconds, I realized that I was looking into the eye of a snipe.

Much has been said about the snipe over the years.  People have been subject of a prank and told to go on a snipe hunt.  The idea was that there was no such thing as a snipe, or so they thought.  Similar to a new airman being told to go get a bucket of prop wash.  If that puzzles you, send me an e-mail and I will explain. 🙂

The snipe is a very tiny sandpiper, about 10-11 inches in length, with a bill that is nearly as long as it’s body.  They like to forage in shallow water or mud, looking for larval insects, crustaceans, earthworms, or mollusks.  They probe with their bills, sometime going deep enough that the bill is covered up to their eyes.  Then they swallow their prey without withdrawing the bill from the soil or water.

Here are a few images from my files to illustrate their talent to hide in plain sight.

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Wilson’s Snipe

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Wilson’s Snipe

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Wilson’s Snipe

In other news, I had mentioned that I was doing rehab exercises at Shannon Clinic to strengthen my lungs and help my breathing in my fight with pulmonary fibrosis.  I just purchased a recumbent bicycle of my own so i can continue rehab at home.  I hope you love the picture.  By the way, I am feeling great so no reason to worry for awhile.

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My bike and me. 🙂

As you can see I am enjoying my ‘ride’ quite immensely. 🙂

Well, that’s it for this post.

Until then, HAPPY BIRDING!!!!