EURASIAN WOODCOCK Scolopax rusticola

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The only species of woodcock we have ever seen, and for many years the only photos I had were largely obscured by twigs etc. Recently I was visiting Titchwell when one landed on the beach, clearly tired and enabling a close approach. Even there its camouflage was outstanding, until the tide came in it was difficult to pick out with the naked eye. We then, most unusually, watched it wading until it got too deep and it flew. It obviously wasn't that exhausted since it flew out over the wash rather than on to the reserve where some normally winter!

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