Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Tuesday 2nd February

Off patch again! News of a Jack Snipe in Mote Park (courtesy of Simon's blog, http://www.motepark.blogspot.com/) had me enquiring all morning whether it would linger long enough for me to get out for late lunchtime visit. It did, and I got some fantastic views, firstly as it snoozed in a gap in the reeds and then later as it 'bounced' out onto the mud. The light was awful, and the pics I took, some in a torrential downpour, do little justice to the intricate plumage details. As Simon has mentioned on his blog the back 'braces' positively glowed gold when the light caught them. Thanks to both Simon and David B for their updates and directions. This was my second Snipe species of the day, ironically I went out looking for Jacks down by the River Medway at first light, but only turned up a single Snipe, 'squelching' like a 'wellington boot out of mud' as it took flight.

Jacko's backo - bloody branches! Obscured my Redpoll picture yesterday as well.


Simon said...

3 great photos Adam and I am thrilled you were successful on your lunchtime trip. What a truly super little bird.

Tony Morris said...

Well done Adam, I've spent hours with these and they almost always have something in the way, nice one for a lunch time.

Greenie said...

Adam ,
Bet your pleased with them .
Well done .

Warren Baker said...

nice bird to see Adam. Those photo's look accepable to me. :-)