Nikon D300s, Sigma 50-500mm / f4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM

It was a great day for bird watching. A little windy at times but warm and pleasant. Lots of new arrivals in the Green Island Wetlands. Among them where several Wilson’s Snipes. They are on their way to Canada and the northern U.S., where they will breed this summer. I found the birds at the end of the day after a five hour visit in the preserve. They probed with their long bill in the mud with high frequency. The diet of a Wilson’s Snipe includes mostly larval insects, earthworms, and mollusks.

I shot other birds earlier in the afternoon but nothing can beat the quality of the light during the last two hours before sunset. The Wilson’s Snipe isn’t a first sighting for me. I found them before during the first week in April in 2013, but last year I missed them. 

More to come, so please stay tuned...