Greater Painted-Snipe

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

   

Greater Painted-Snipe.

 

Female Greater Painted-SnipeFemale Greater Painted-Snipe

 

今日の夕方、スーパーに行く途中で田んぼの横を通ったら、面白い鳥がいました。タマシギです。タマシギは他の鳥と違ってメスが美しくて、オスが地味。タマシギはオスの方が卵を抱いたり、子育てをしたりする珍しい鳥です。普段は見えないところで隠れているから中々写真を撮れないけど、今日はまだ何も植えてない田んぼの真ん中まで出てきてくれて、求愛ディスプレイをしていました!かわいい鳥でした!

This evening I had the pleasure of watching a pair of painted snipe up close. I have never seen them out in the open before, they are renowned for the ability to disappear behind things and are almost impossible to get a clear shot of. The only other photos I have ever been able to get are of them hidden behind rice stalks, or blurs of brown and white as they run between rows of rice..

This is the female, in full breeding colours. Painted snipe are unique birds because they show reversed sexually dimorphism. The female has the breeding colours, does the displaying and has more than one husband. The males have drab unstriking plumage, and are the ones that incubate the eggs and raise the young.
Amazing birds, their bills are soft and floppy, and when they sense danger they slouch right down into the water and stay perfectly still so as not to be seen. An absolute pleasure to get so close to them out in the open!

 

 

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