Saturday, 25 October 2008

Master of camouflage

An earnest wish came true. Today I photographed Snipes (Gallinago gallinago/Watersnip) at close range. This master of camouflage decorated the last 100 Dutch guilder banknote (before the introduction of the euro on January 1, 2002); by the way the most beautiful design of paper money I have ever seen.
Snipes might look a bit stocky and slow, but this is certainly not the case. They are exremely fast and have an unprecedented catapulting and erratic zig-zag flight.

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