As there was still snow on the ground I didn't want to travel too far and with two Jack Snipe reported, a trip to Lemsford was perfect. Always a great spot for photography, and as it never seems to freeze over, it draws in some great birds. The first hide was busy when I arrived, but also a lot of birders at the second hide where one Jack Snipe was in view. I decided to settle down and visit the other hide when it was quieter. Surprise visitors were two Egyptian Geese - a fairly common local species, but Barry the Warden said it was a first for the reserve.
Another surprise visitor was this Lapwing (with frost on its back). First time I have seen one there.
A few of the regular Green Sandpipers were also showing well.
The resident Little Egret flew in, looking miserable in the cold!
I loved the light for this distant Grey Heron.
A few smaller birds were present including this Wren and Goldfinches.
At least nine Common Snipe were present and I did manage to get four in one shot, and also one taking a bath.
A short walk up to the second hide, which was still busy, but we all managed to squeeze in and get some good views of the bobbing Jack Snipe. I believe a second bird was located later in the day.
A great way to spend a couple of hours and the warm up at home!
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