Gallinago nigripennis  African Snipe  Afrikaanse Snip
African Snipe
Modimolle, Jul 2016
African Snipe Waterberg distribution
African Snipe in flight
Alma, Jul 2018

Performing the characteristic drumming display flight of this species. The 'drumming' is a mechanical sound made by the vibration of the outer tail feathers which, as can be seen in the photo, are spread out at right angles to the body. The word 'sniper', by the way, comes from a time when snipe hunting was a popular sport that required considerable skill.


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