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A Snipe perches on a fence post
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Image details:  
Image Description: A Snipe perches on a fence post
Image notes: This is breeding behaviour, they are never seen on posts unless near their nest.
Species in Image: Snipe
Old Haa Image Reference Number: btc00769

General details:  
Common Name Snipe
Latin Name Gallinago gallinago
Shetland Name Snippick and Horsgok
Latin Group Name Charadriiformes
Latin Family Name Scolopacidae
Common Family Name Sandpipers, Snipes, Godwits, Curlews & Phalaropes
Description Breeding bird in healthy numbers. Common passage migrant and winter visitor. The territorial displays of 'Drumming' by vibrating the outer tail-feathers in flight, is welcomed by islanders and called "da horsgok" and is one of the first signs of spring.
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