African or Ethiopian Snipe

Gallinago nigripennis

This stocky wader is a fairly common inhabitant of high altitude vleis, marshes and wet grasslands. Its aerial display is definitely worth seeing, with the snipe flying high up, making circles and then swooping down with a loud, drumming noise (made by its tail feathers).

A very reliable location for this species is Marievale Bird Sanctuary near the town of Nigel.


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