11th January 2016

A camouflaged Snipe and a rarity at Druridge Bay Pool-The Snipe was resting down in the reed stalks and, so cryptic is its plumage, that we wouldn’t have seen it if a kind birdwatcher hadn’t pointed it out. We were lucky to watch the Long Billed Dowitcher, which should by rights be at home in Mississippi. Apparently, many twitchers have filled the hide only to look out on an empty pool, while we managed an almost empty hide and a good sighting of the rare Dowitcher ((distant I’m afraid so very fuzzy photos). Conditions: Two gloriously sunny days in the north east. Temperature: Max 5- Min0c.

Long Billed Dowitcher- they 'feed like sewing machines'!

Long Billed Dowitcher- they ‘feed like sewing machines’!

Long Billed Dowitcher

Long Billed Dowitcher

Spot the Snipe

Spot the Snipe

Snipe camouflaged and at rest

Snipe camouflaged and at rest

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