This morning I finally had time to check the Great Snipe showing off at Gan Shmuel. It was found on Friday by Piki et al. Only this morning, after school drop-off, I could head over there. By the time we got there, the sun was high up and light was harsh. The bird was showing very nicely though, feeding out in the open, very unlike their typical cryptic behaviour. This is by far the best-showing individual I have seen in Israel, certainly giving better views than the one I had a couple of weeks ago in Hulda Reservoir that was a real bitch.
This video was taken through Swarovski ATX85 using a Swarovski phone adapter:
Great Snipe is a rare but regular spring migrant here, with an average of 3-4 annually. May is their month. This spring seems to have produced more than average, with about ten records nationally.
Displaying its bill flexibility
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