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.