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Common Snipe (baby)

Gallinago gallinago sp. faeroeensis


While we were driving in a road in Unst we just saw a common snipe mother and baby crossing the road. The mother jumped a fence but the baby could not follow. I picked him up, snap a few quick shots and pass him to the other side of the fence. Hope mother and baby reunite soon after. It is a well camouflaged bird, it is usually shy and conceals itself close to ground vegetation and flushes only when approached closely. The young when freshly hatched are covered in down of a dark maroon, variegated with black, white and buff. The young are cared for by both parents, each parent looking after half the brood, with fledging in 10–20 days.


The breeding habitat is marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows throughout northern Europe and northern Asia.

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

thanks for helping it jump the fence!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Thanks, Noe! I hope so too :-)

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 10 years ago

Nice story, I'm sure the baby made it :)

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Jul 16, 2013

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