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Flying Woodcock

Flying Woodcock
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Copyright: Mark Mowbray (Gameangler) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 45] (702)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-14 12:13
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Points: 8
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Info taken from http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/w/woodcock/index.aspx

Latin name.
Scolopax rusticola

Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)

The woodcock is a large bulky wading bird with short legs, and a very long straight tapering bill. It is largely nocturnal, spending most of the day in dense cover. Most of the birds in the UK are residents; in the autumn birds move to the UK from Finland and Russia to winter here. The breeding population has been falling recent years, perhaps because of less habitat as conifer plantations become too mature for woodcocks to find open enough breeding areas.

Where to see them
It can be found in suitable habitat in summer throughout the UK, except for south-west England. In winter, birds are widespread in lowland areas. You would be very lucky to see one, but you may inadvertently disturb one from its resting place, when it flies off, zigzagging between the trees and dropping back into cover.

When to see them
All year round

What they eat
Worms, beetles, spiders, caterpillars, fly larvae and small snails.

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hello Mark

i have some in-flight shots of the American Woodcock
photos shot in the woods with my compact and
bridge cameras, they are not as excellent as your shot,
a great one of the Eurasian Woodcock, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details
of its plumage, TFS


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-14 13:42]

Splendid photo, congratulations!

Hi Mark
difficult to get that one! perfect exposure despite the shiny sky
great tfs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-15 7:45]

Hello Mark,
Beautiful photo of this American Woodcock in flight. Very nice detailed and natural colours. Excellent composition and timing.

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