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Wilson's Snipe Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Wilson's Snipe are one of the first "shorebirds" to arrive in South Dakota in the spring, and they're also a species that sticks around all summer.  Because of that, they're probably the second-most common shorebird I run across throughout the year, other than the Killdeer.  However, usually when I see them, they're in a marshy, wetland type of habitat.  When they display however, I've seen them on telephone poles, fence posts, even sitting on the telephone line itself.  That behavior is pretty much limited to the spring when they're ramping up breeding activity.  I'd never captured that behavior before until May 28th, 2018, when I found a lone Wilson's Snipe calling from the top of a fence post.  I love the different setting compared to the rest of my Wilson's Snipe photos, and the open bill as he called.

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe 1

April 12th, 2003

Madison Waterfowl Production Area, SD

Wilson's Snipe 2

October 9th, 2006

Lake County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 3

October 9th, 2006

Lake County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 4

April 12th, 2003

Madison Waterfowl Production Area, SD

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe 5

October 9th, 2006

Lake County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 6

April 15th, 2007
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 7

April 12th, 2012
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 8

April 12th, 2012
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Wilson's Snipe 9

April 12th, 2012
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 10

April 7th, 2011
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Wilson's Snipe 11

May 28th, 2018
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Wilson's Snipe.


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