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#1 kamrans

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:12 AM

Saw this today in my backyard in Richmond, BC...quite the shy type it seems by nature...but kept poking his beak in the grass looking for something...

Any help would be nice...I'm just curious :)

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#2 Liam

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:12 AM

Welcome to Whatbird! This is a Wilson's Snipe - a nice yard bird!

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#3 Adore707

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:13 AM

It's a Wilson's Snipe.
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#4 kamrans

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:14 AM

Thanks! I looked online and found "Jack snipe" - but they're only found in UK.

#5 GreatHorn

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:15 AM

Thirded. I saw one yesterday and was reminded of how cool these guys are.

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#6 BarnSwallow

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:43 AM

I agree - great yard bird!!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:00 AM

Man, awesome yardbird!!!

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#8 BarnSwallow

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:11 AM

BTW, he was just aerating your lawn for you. Kidding! They probe for worms and grubs and things in the mud with that long bill. Was it in a really wet area? That's where they usually hang out. The tip of the bill is sensitive, and can open and close independently of the rest of the bill, allowing it to grab a worm without having to open the whole bill.

#9 Liam

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

The tip of the bill is sensitive, and can open and close independently of the rest of the bill, allowing it to grab a worm without having to open the whole bill.


It's called rhynchokinesis. Here's how it works:

By flexing the fronto-nasal hinge (where the upper mandible attaches to the skull) a tendon along the length of the beak is stretched and opens the bill tip. Prey can then be grasped and pulled from its burrow. It's a great adaptation to avoid trying to open the entire length of the beak when probed deeply into the mud.


(From: http://oregonbirds.o...ust/009794.html)

Not my photos, but check out how wacky this ability is.

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#10 folkeye

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:47 PM

I need to go on a snipe hunt...

Starting a NEW gallery of my better bird shots. Not happy with Flickrs over-busy re-design.

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#11 Liam

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:00 PM

I need to go on a snipe hunt...


A sniper? ;)

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#12 folkeye

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:55 PM

A sniper? ;)


...who told you my secrets? :D

Starting a NEW gallery of my better bird shots. Not happy with Flickrs over-busy re-design.

http://www.ipernity....e/293739?rev=31

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:54 AM

It's called rhynchokinesis. Here's how it works:

(From: http://oregonbirds.o...ust/009794.html)

Not my photos, but check out how wacky this ability is.


Thanks Liam, for the lesson. That is fantastic! Birds are fascinating!

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:23 AM

I usually see a few Snipe each year. Usually when I'm fishing my favorite stream. They sit tight, then explode in flight when I'm almost on top of them. Surprises me every time.
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