Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus at Lentevreugd, November 2003

All photographs by Rene van Rossum

In the fall of 2003, the amount of Jack Snipes Lymnocryptes minimus at Lentevreugd, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, was constantly rising, even up to about 25 to 30 birds or so. Unfortunately, birds had to be flushed in order to get a glimps. Still, one would only see a flying bird, for seeing this species on the ground is a very rare occasion that mostly happens at quite a distance.

On November the 2nd, 2003, Ben and Maarten Wielstra and Kasper Hendriks tried extremely hard to find a bird resting on the ground. Although this attempt had been made many times before, this time WE DID IT!!!!

Square meter by square meter, we had searched the dense grown ground. After flushing some birds, Kasper found one just 3 meters from him. The bird pushed itself to the ground by instinct and could not fly away for some time. In this time, some friends could be phoned that could come and have a look and make some pictures, as you can see to the right.

What we show to the right is something nobody should ever do again!!
We truely feel sorry for disturbing this bird, and made the decision never to do this again.
Please, be wise, and do the same!!!

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Bring me back to the core, please...