Ginny Salus  

Woodcock or Snipe? by Ginny Salus

March 2023 - Woodcock or Snipe?

About the Image(s)

This was taken in Merritt Wildlife Refuge this winter. I think it is a woodcock but my friend thinks it is a snipe. I am attracted by the feeling that he thinks he is hidden and the camouflage is great!

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3 comments posted

Jack Twiggs   Jack Twiggs
Sharp bird image regardless of the sticks! The bird does indeed look like he's in hiding. I would suggest possibly darkening the water areas as my eye goes to them first due to their brightness, and possibly cropping just a little on the top and right side to more emphasize your subject. Merritt Refuge is a great place to shoot.   Posted: 03/11/2023 15:57:07

David Heemsbergen   David Heemsbergen
Looks like a woodcock. Nice capture in a natural setting. I agree that darkening the water would be helpful. Or darken everything except the bird. I would experiment with a very tight crop just to see how it looks.   Posted: 03/17/2023 08:08:30

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
The bird's eye is sharp and becomes outstanding among its camouflage. I agree with Jack and David suggestions to darkened the background as the viewer's eye tend to see the brightest part of the image. I found a good reading regarding this subject.   Posted: 03/24/2023 01:15:28