Posted by: mynaturaldiary | November 1, 2019

Silent Snipe

Snipe were sitting in a bed of short reeds  at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. Their camouflage is excellent, so it is difficult to sometimes see them unless they betray their position by moving.

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Like Woodcocks they rely on not being ambushed in the open by their vision, which is close to 360 degrees, unlike the two birds shown on the left and right in the diagram below.

Thus a few birds together cover threats from all directions.

Golden plover are also ready to fly at the first hint of danger.

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

They weave across the sky in a flock called a congregation.

They can also be seen close to Wigeon.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Lapwing were also present.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

A Little Egret was moving across the grasslands, close to Lapwings.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

In the far distance, a Cormorant dried its wings.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

And finally both Canada and Barnacle Geese were seen.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

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