Over-wintering Wilson's Snipe (3 January 2013)
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About This Shoot
Date: 3 January 2013
Location: Private pond, northern Ford County, KS
Shoot Type: Wildlife
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Synopsis:
I decided to photograph this Wilson's Snipe I had noticed on my time-lapse cam I set up at a private pond. It was occurring regularly near the spring that feeds the pond, and I went out early this morning in hopes it was still there. It was, and I managed to get some decent images in the cold weather (temperatures were in the mid to upper teens!)

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3 January 2013

Over-wintering Wilson's Snipe


Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:48:56 -0600
Wilson's Snipe in early morning light. 3 January 2013
I have a ground blind set up on some private land near Dodge City which has a spring fed pond. I also have a time lapse camera set up next to the blind to monitor wildlife around the blind pointed at the pond near where the spring feeds. Since around Christmas, I noticed that a shorebird was making a regular visit, foraging in the spring water very near the blind. I wanted to photograph this particular bird and see what kind of images I could come up with. The shorebird is a Wilson's Snipe, which usually migrates south during the winter, however a few do winter around Kansas if shallow water is open near any springs to forage through. The weather was very cold on the morning of the third (pretty much every morning right now, with the snow cover)... with a temperature between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This made photography a little more challenging, but I managed to make it about 3 hours in the blind before completing the shoot satisfied with what I got. Here are the 19 images from this morning shoot. Enjoy!

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