Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jack Snipe

Last weekend I zipped out to North Wales for a spot of birding. I started on the Great Orme where a pair of Lapland Buntings had been reported, but despite scouring the area around the limestone pavement I was unable to find the birds. The strong easterly wind made if feel decidedly chilly so I retreated to the comfort of the cafe at the nearby Conway RSPB reserve. After a very welcome lunch I strolled around the reserve and was delighted to see a Jack Snipe roosting on the edge of a muddy pool. These small relatives of the Common Snipe are normally very secretive, but this bird clearly hadn't read the rule book. Unfortunately, the  hide did not have shutters only glass windows and and photographs taken through the glass were slighlty distorted. By the time the snipe woke up and fed at a site that was viewable without looking through the windows the sky had clouded over, but I still managed to take some reasonable shots of this normally elusive little wader.

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