Saturday, 10 December 2011

Puppet on a string, Dinton Pastures (09/12/11)

At last the Jack Snipe at Dinton Pastures.

When I arrived in the hide a lot of birders had the bird but I couldn't find it.  A chap put my scope on its location and, finally, when it moved I saw the bird.  After a few minutes it started to move about a bit and then it started to bounce.  A very weird action for a bird bouncing up and down on flexible legs - it reminded me of a puppeteer controlling his puppets.  I'm sure the bird must get leg ache - why does it do it?

No sign of the Bittern on White Swan Lake.