After leaving Leamington and driving the 5.5 hours north to Brighton, I curled up in the car for a short 3 hour nap hoping that the Ruff would still be at the wetlands when I woke up.
My phone alarm went off and after a few minutes to wake up, I got out of the car and tried to find a vantage point from the road, where I could scan the wetlands.
Without a permit to enter the wetlands, I have to scan from the periphery.
I just couldn’t see the Ruff, so I climbed a gate at one end and from a totally unstable position scanned. What a sight I must have been to people on there way to work. Standing with one foot on a post and the other on the gate, looking into the Wetlands, camera and binoculars in hand.
From this vantage point the bird was easy to spot. A lovely breeding plumage male.
It was time to head home but on the way I did find a few more birds.
A great few days of birding during migration, you got’ta love it.
A bit of good news when I got home, my Eco Cardiogram showed nothing, so I can now get travel insurance. Himalayan Snowcock here I come.
Ciao for now.