Common Snipe  Gallinago gallinago

Calvert Lake - 27th February 2005

2snipe-500.jpg (58193 bytes)
Photo copyright Tim Watts

This species is not uncommon in suitable habitat during the winter months.  It used to breed in very small numbers but this has not been proven in recent years.


Little Marlow Gravel Pit - December 2004

IMG_7840-450.jpg (34398 bytes)

IMG_7814-450.jpg (35093 bytes)

IMG_7818a-450.jpg (34407 bytes)
Photo copyright Adrian Parker

To get these wonderful pictures, Adrian had to wait for several hours, hidden from view.  The end results must have made the wait worthwhile.

Common Snipe are a annual winter visiter to Little Marlow and many other sites across the county.  They are often very well hidden, so seeing one wading in open water, is a little unusual.