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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.  They're also one of the least "shy" birds you run across, often preferring to sit still and freeze when approached rather than flush or run away. I thus have a number of photos of the species, but my "favorite" has to be one of photos #13 through #19 below. Why? They're all the same bird!  He practically BEGGED me for a starring, cover role here! For about 25 minutes, the same bird was foraging right in front of me, moving back and forth at extremely close range, evidently without a care in the world. Every time I thought he had finally drifted away out of camera range, he'd turn around and come back! OK buddy...here's your starring role. From April 19th, 2020 in northwestern Minnehaha County.

Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

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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 12 - 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

Wilson's Snipe 12

April 23rd, 2020
Kingsbury County, South Dakota
Wilson's Snipe 13 - Gallinago delicata  Wilson's Snipe 14 - Gallinago delicata  Wilson's Snipe 15 - Gallinago delicata  Wilson's Snipe 16 - Gallinago delicata 

Wilson's Snipe 13

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Wilson's Snipe 14

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Wilson's Snipe 15

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Wilson's Snipe 16

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  
Wilson's Snipe 17 - Gallinago delicata  Wilson's Snipe 17 - Gallinago delicata  Wilson's Snipe 19  - Gallinago delicata  Wilson's Snipe 20 - Gallinago delicata 

Wilson's Snipe 17

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Wilson's Snipe 18

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Wilson's Snipe 19

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Wilson's Snipe 20

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

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


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