Today's bird is the Wilson's Snipe. Whenever I think about this bird, I remember the scene in "Up" where the old guy sends the cub scout out to look for a Snipe...turns out they're real! They don't come out when you clap though; they're really pretty shy. They have this great streaked camouflage that they use to hide out in dried grasses or reeds just like this one is here. The thing I like best about them is their head-to-bill ratio and the way the two parts connect in sort of a seamless flow.
While this isn't the best picture ever taken of a Wilson's Snipe, it's the best one I've ever taken...I took this at Estero Llano Grande on October 13, 2012.