Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe at Huntley Meadows Park on April 5, 2023. This was only my second time seeing a Wilson's Snipe - the first time was last week, also at Huntley. They are wintertime visitors and will be migrating soon. I was excited to add them onto my bird list. They were active last week while I was there but foraging up against the dark brush. This individual was foraging closer to the boardwalk. Myself and a couple other photographers took advantage of both it being close before the the shots would become backlit. Several others were heard and occasionally showing but in bad light. The Snipes are not as cooperative as the other shorebirds that call Huntley home for the summer.

I bought a new mini tripod a few days prior and was anxious to try it out. The minimum height with the ball head is 4.5 inches. It's good for shooting video on the boardwalk but it's also a bit of a hassle to set up. I will take it on my trips but won't use it unless I want to leave the camera on it for a longer period.

Lens - Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 @ 600mm on Nikon D500