October 22, 2016

Why snipe are hard to find.

They are masters of camouflage.
©2016 Ric McArthur

Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s Snipe look so stocky thanks in part to the extra-large pectoral (breast) muscles that make up nearly a quarter of the bird’s weight—the highest percent of all shorebirds. Thanks to their massive flight muscles this chunky sandpiper can reach speeds estimated at 60 miles an hour.

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