Common Snipe on post
North Uist, June
Acrylic on canvas-board
Image Dimensions: 35.5 x 23.0 cms (13.9 x 9.0″)
Framed Dimensions: 52.0 x 39.0 cms (15.3 x 20.5″)
Along with many other species, snipe are relatively common breeding waders in the Western Isles and I was able to study them on a daily basis during a trip in late Spring. At this time of year at their breeding grounds, they are frequently encountered perched on suitable vantage points like fence-posts and stone walls from where they can survey their territory.
It was wonderful to be able to listen to their ‘chip, chip, chip’ calls when perched, whilst also hearing the amazing ‘drumming’ display flights that are so distinctive of the Hebridean soundscape in Spring.