We went back to the park on Thursday, hoping that the woodcocks would still be there and that they would be in a good position for photographs. We found one woodcock on the mudflats, but it ran for the woods immediately when we walked up. After scanning the rest of the mudflats for awhile, the woodcock came back out into the open and seemed pretty comfortable with us being near it. Eric slowly moved closer and closer and I followed a few minutes later. We settled into position and waited for the woodcock to move in towards us.
Surprisingly, the woodcock moved in extremely close and seemed completely oblivious to the fact that we were sitting there watching it. We spent the next 30 minutes photographing the bird feeding and even catching a worm. Below are the best of the shots that we took during our time with the woodcock.
|One of Eric's shots showing the American Woodcock with a worm.|
To prepare everyone for the arrival of even more shorebirds, I’ve created a little quiz on the silhouettes of shorebirds. Can you classify these silhouettes into these groups?
• Large Plovers
• Small Plovers
• Large Peeps
• Small Peeps
You can use this post on Nutty Birder to help you figure out the groups and then find the answers to the quiz here!