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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Jack Snipe at Strumpshaw Fen

My brother had one morning left of his short birding trip to Norfolk, so we decided on a visit to Strumpshaw so he could take some Kingfisher pictures. In the event we added three Jack Snipe to our tally: these were quite hard to pick out, but eventually we managed reasonable - and conclusive - views of their central dark crown stripes and short, broad bills.

Rob took lots of photos of the Jacks, several close Marsh Harriers, and the resident Black Swan before we retreated to the Reception Hide. After a very brief wait an obliging Kingfisher perched on its usual branch, allowing some good close images: overhead a Peregrine charged backward and forward...


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