A Global Bird - The Common Snipe

Mahoora Tented Safari Camp - Wilpattu National Park 

Fun Facts
The male Common Snipe performs a ‘winnowing’, generally referred to their display of courtship by circling high and then diving, which produces a distinctive sound as the air flows over their specially modified feathers. In addition to their mating dance, the long pointed bill of the Common snipe helps it probe in the mud for snails, small crustaceans, insects, larvae and earthworms whilst it also consumes certain plant matter.

Lesser Known Facts
All snipes nest on the ground except the New Zealandic Snipe, who uses burrows of other birds to nest. The female lays three to four olive brown eggs in the hollow grass-lined nests, and incubates these eggs for about 19 to 20 days. The young are fed by both their parents and learn to fly within 2 weeks and then proceed to leave the nest almost immediately after they are able to fly. 

Where To Find Him
The common snipes breed from Alaska to Newfoundland South to the Mid-United States. During the winter periods, they breed from northern South America to British Columbia, the northern Gulf States and Virginia. They can also be found in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia.



Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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