"was out snipe shooting"

Common snipe (Gallinago gallingo)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCommon snipe (Gallinago gallingo) - Credit: Ferran Pestana
 Snipe is the name given to about 25 different species of wading birds in the family Scolopacidae (which also includes woodcock, sandpipers, godwits and curlews). They are characterised by their long, slender beaks and their capacity for camouflage.