Woodland Wader

Some birds you can call ‘Birders Birds’ Perhaps only appreciated by someone with a little more knowledge of the avian world than Joe public. Others have a fascination for all. The Woodcock has a foot in both camps. It’s an enigmatic species. It migrates, it’s active at night, it’s a wader that lives in woodlands and it’s so cryptically coloured that they are almost impossible to find. To cap it all they have their eyes set high and to the side of their head giving them almost three hundred and sixty degrees of vision and they sit motionless for hours. Finding one, then getting close enough to photograph one is not easy. We found this bird hidden among leaf litter after a lot of searching.




2 Responses to “Woodland Wader”

  1. 1 Malcolm
    February 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Excellent post about one of my favourite birds. I remember a few years ago, I was walking through a forest when I came across one at the side of the track. I was within a few feet of it, and it remained absolutely motionless. Unfortunately, this was in the days before I had a camera. Needless to say, I’ve never had such a good view since.

    Incidentally, Carl, what are your views on the myth/truth that woodcock carry their young away from danger between their legs?

    • February 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you Malcolm. They are excellent birds they really are. It’s widely reported they do carry their young under their wings/between their legs but I’ve never seen it. I have seen other waders do this briefly such as Redshank and Avocet so I guess it’s entirely feasible.

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