|A heavily cropped shot - the Dowitcher was just about at the limit of the range of my 400mm lens.|
|Probably the best shot of the day - digiscoped as the Dowitcher paused during half an hour of otherwise frenetic feeding.|
Arriving some time before 0800, the Dowitcher was the closest I have seen it but directly against the light so photography was a dead loss. Then after only a few minutes on view something flushed it and it flew a short distance before walking behind its favoured patch of vegetation. Quite a lot of the largish crowd which was assembling on Saturday morning turned up soon after this, and they were in for a long wait.
|A flight shot taken in the early morning light showing the 'more-white-than-black' tail and Spotshank-like white cigar shape reaching from the rump up the back|
|The next time it opened it's wings - about four hours later!|
A bill and face were eventually spotted protruding from the reeds from an acute angle, and then it was only a matter of time before the rest of the bird revealed itself. Four hours worth of time in fact. Probably the longest I have had to wait for a rarity that I have already seen! With hindsight, I could have gone to Portland and back for a better view of the Monarch which I saw in poor light on Sunday and not missed anything. Still, the weather was fine, spirits were good and it was a chance to chat to others who had come from as far away as Brussels to see this bird.
|Another view of the tail as the Dowitcher lands|
|While feeding among the vegetation in the shallows the Dowitcher occasionally waded into open, deeper water|