At one time the only species of woodcock we had 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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