When spooked, a snipe bolts from its hiding place at a great speed and is gone. Consequently, shooting a flying snipe presents a considerable challenge. So much so, that those who became good at it were called snipers — a term that was adopted by the military for a marksman.

In late summer, I spooked a snipe, but it vanished in a blur before I could shoot its picture. Yesterday, a snipe erupted along my path; I shot it. I now qualify as a sniper.

A Wilson’s Snipe bolts.


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4 Responses to Sniper

  1. Karen Pidcock says:

    Interesting info, and clear photo, you sniper you!

  2. Judy Brown says:

    I can attest to how fast they are! I released a snipe last week that had been a patient at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. When I opened his carrier, he walked delicately out onto the tailgate of the truck, and then exploded into the air. So much for a flight shot!

  3. Christine Boyd says:

    What a perfect photo!

  4. Stu Heard says:

    Sniper Alistair congratulations !

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