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Monday, December 24, 2012

Early Christmas present for Bri.

            Worlds worst ever Jack Snipe photos but who cares!
             Its taken me years to nail this little bugger,



Got finished at work for 1400hrs so it was a choice of a christmas drink in a nice warm pub or a trudge around Soil Hill in the fog, rain and mud, no contest, heres my Soil Hill report.
The hill was well waterlogged and treacherous to walk on without sinking in but despite the rain and swirling fog it was calm with not a breath of wind.
Before I go any further I,ll just say that NK had searched the hill late morning and seen Jack Snipe and 2 small birds on the mounds, one being a Skylark and the other avoiding I.D. See Queensburybirder report.
About 30 minutes of me trudging around found nothing until I approached the back of the mounds where ,presumably the 2 birds of Nigels, took off, both being Skylarks.
After covering the whole of the 2 summits ,only to find 1 Meadow Pipit and a few small gulls heading for Ogden, I decided to do a sweep of the long grass in an area that I had walked past previously. This was an unpleasant job, up to the knees in soaking grass, I can see why Nigel wears spats now, but half way along whilst I was looking over the wall into the next field I heard a wing flapping which immediately stopped a few yards away , the bird had come out of hiding and dropped down again a short distance away in true Jack Snipe fashion.
I started to get the camera out as I walked towards the position when up it came, Jack Snipe. It was all panic then to get the camera on and find it in the lens as it flew low over the mounds and into the mist and all I ended up with was a few blurs in the low light and mist but at last Id conquered a bogey bird .
Its years since Ive managed Jack Snipe up there even though NK gets yearly sightings and this winter  period he,s broke his all time record with 10 sightings, I think it must be his aftershave attracting them.
Merry Christmas all.
BS

8 comments:

Tracy C said...

Well done Brian.

I have a mental image of you up to your knees in mud trying to get the camera out!

Have a good day tomorrow. Lets hope the fog goes away.

Brian Sumner . said...

Lost 1 pair of rigger boots stuck solid deep in the mud a few years back and ended up walking back to the car in muddy socks.
Also wrecked a scope when I went waist deep in a muddy water filled trench. The joys of birding.
You have a good day Tracy, hope its not all cooking and washing up for you and Santa brings you something nice.

Tracy C said...

Lol.

Same to you.

Luckily husband does all the veg prep and washing up so just the cooking for me but there is 12 of us!

Enjoy.

Brian Sumner . said...

Eck, if you get all the 12 up Soil Hill tomorrow you,re sure to find a Jack Snipe.

Tracy C said...

Haha. You will be lucky if I get them out of the house!

NigelK said...

Ain't the aftershave, it's my breath acting like an early warning system.

DJSutcliffe said...

Too late dash. I was going to ask what after shave Nigel uses!!

DJSutcliffe said...

Will done with the Jack Snipe Bri - who needs a pub anyway !!!!!