25 May

Driving along a beautiful seasonal wetland along the Carson River outside of Carson City, Nevada, my stepdad (who got me started with birding) yelled out “SNIPE!”  We hung a U-turn and the Snipe was patiently waiting.  We hung another U-turn and pulled up near the Snipe.  It couldn’t have cared less about us.  It sang and called and posed for us.  What a joy!  What a lifer!

Wilson's Snipe

Hello, Snipe!  Aren’t you lovely?


We just want to admire you.  You don’t mind, do you?

P1200144Thank you for your patience, you gorgeous thing.


9 Responses to “Snipe!”

  1. jayne 25 May, 2009 at 3:32 am #

    It was as if he chose that spot so you could stop and enjoy him! Great shots and video!

  2. robin andrea 25 May, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    What a beautiful bird. It definitely waited and posed for you.

  3. kelly 25 May, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    …wow! Great shot. I’ve tried for a long time to get a shot of the Wilson’s Snipe in our area, but no luck. He always flushes away too fast. Your fellow was very nice to just sit there for you!!

  4. Crafty Green Poet 25 May, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    that first photo is so wonderful with the perfect light. I’ve only once seen a snipe and it was hiding in a ditch so i didsn’t get this type of view…

  5. Mick 25 May, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Fantastic! We have snipe out here but NONE have ever sat and even let me get good looks at them!!

  6. Wren 25 May, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Oh, nice! Great bird, great photos.

  7. Amy 25 May, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    What a cooperative bird! Nice shots, great looks at a lifer! Congrats.

  8. Arija 25 May, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    Great capture on the post and I love the little video with you two talking and a bird singing in the background.

  9. Liz at Yips and Howls 30 May, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Wonderful photos. And what a great stepdad you have to pull two u-turns to see it!

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