Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Common Snipe
The Snipe (Common Snipe) is an incongruous-looking wading bird with its short legs and over-sized bill. Male and female have similar plumage. (The Jack Snipe looks similar but is smaller with a shorter bill, more patterned and with a bobbing habit.)
SnipeThe Snipe is well-camouflaged in reeds.
SnipeSpreading its tail
The long, thin bill makes it look as if it is using a drinking straw.
The different bill lengths and shapes of waders mean that they don't compete so much for the same food resources.
Size comparison with Moorhen.