A short blog but for me a great record.
A juvenile Woodcock found on a rutted track, in Rewell Wood, whilst we were searching for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. It couldn't fly and was unable climb out of the ruts and back into the undergrowth. A helping hand from Dave and it disappeared immediately. We couldn't see the mother around but it seemed to be in good shape and capable of looking after itself.
The camouflage is amazing. We were within three or four feet of the bird and had not spotted it. If it hadn't panicked and moved we would probably have walked past without seeing it.
It's the best picture I have ever managed of a Woodcock. I usually only see the backend as it disappears into the distance.