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Hardy Snipe

Friends, this hardy Snipe is still hanging around on the icy edges of a pond that has not closed up yet, but the temperature this morning was only 9 degrees above zero Fahrenheit, so the water will soon close. Hope he gets his breakfast and hurries on his way south, it is not healthy to stay too long.  Below is another image of him enjoying the bitter cold sunshine, he was holding up his foot trying to warm it under his body.  Enjoy the sun while you can, til Tomorrow MJ

Snipe Hunt

Friends, I didn’t start the day looking for Snipe, we were chasing the wildflowers, asters, goldenrods and other late summer bloomers, when our leader flushed some snipe off the mudflats.  I went back later and these tiny birds were back on their muddy bottom again searching for food.  I spent an hour watching them tilling the soil with those long bills and peering at their reflections in the water, and sometimes sleeping with their heads tucked backwards.  They are tiny birds, one easily fitting in the hand but such a bright eye.  Had to use all my telephoto length and plus a 1.4x extender to get a decent image.  til Tomorrow MJ

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