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Greater Painted Snipe Families

Discussion in 'Birds' started by TimK, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    ound 2 families of Greater Painted Snipe. The first one with 2 babies and the second one with 4! These were taken over two weeks time. I hided behind trees in camo and waited for them. The fathers were taking the chicks out on more or less the same route, when they came close I pushed the shutter!

    Family 1 :

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/7.1    1/640s    ISO 400


    Family 2 : (You see they can swim!)

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/5.6    1/640s    ISO 400

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/5.6    1/800s    ISO 400

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/6.3    1/500s    ISO 400
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 8, 2008
  2. Very nice series. Can't decide which I like the best.
  3. Excellent shot William! Never seen those before.
  4. Slingher


    Jun 30, 2007
    Titusville FL
    WOW! Super shots and what a gorgeous bird. I have never seen or heard of them before. Lucky you!
  5. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Wonderful shots, William! Love the all. The chicks in that last shot look to they are two different sizes?
  6. OMG, great captures! I have only seen this bird once and didn't have the chance to capture it.

    Did you find the mothers? This bird is special that the female is more colorful than the male.
  7. Thanks for posting these. They look great!
  8. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Thanks Maji! I like them all! :biggrin:

    Thanks Anthony, these birds are not common here too!

    Thanks! A handful of these birds breed in Hong Kong. They are really not easy to find here!

    I bet all four are the same size! Or maybe you are right, 2 of them are a bit smaller. One of them always lag behind the others - probably the little brother!

    I told you to come with me! I didn't see the females. There were a few common snipes around only.

    THanks Mao! The female is even more colorful. I hope I can find it!
  9. Mike S

    Mike S

    Apr 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA USA
    Cute little guys. :smile:
  10. cre8foru


    Dec 1, 2007
    Atlanta GA
    That is a beautiful bird. Never seen one.
  11. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    Nice series, love #1.
  12. i love these, tim
    #4 is my favorite
  13. gillesk


    Dec 31, 2007
    Alberta -Canada
    Very nice series. Great feel in every image.
    Excellent work.
    Best regards.
  14. Timeout


    May 23, 2006
    Wow, fantastic captures of an amazing looking species, William! Especially love #1 & #4 - #1 because of the protective look of the parent and #4 (my favorite) because it is such an intimate shot of this family. They were all a treat, appreciated and enjoyed seeing them very much. :smile:
  15. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Oh yes, the chicks are lovely!

    Thanks, they are actually quite common in the nothern part of China, but quite rare in Hong KOng.

    Thanks Jeff, I agree #1 is one of the best.

    Thanks Greg, actually #4 is the sharpest one too! I am sure you'll get a lot of shoots like this when you got the 400/2.8!

    Thanks Gilles, "feel" is the right word! That's what I was trying to get!

    Thanks Miko! Initially my favorite was #4, but as I look at them more I think #1 is lovely too - although it s not as sharp as #4 when viewed at 100%.
  16. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    ALWAYS like seeing birds from different areas, thanks for posting this great shots of something I don't get to see.

  17. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Thanks Wade! That's why I am always here too!
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