This male Greater Painted Snipe with chicks was a surprise find, at first they were too close to get a shot off, but they dashed away so quickly I still couldn't get a good in focus image before they made it into cover.
|Initially they were at my feet and I was too startled to think of the camera. After a short dash they paused as if to assess which way to the best cover.|
|Mind made up, off they went again. They almost look like a family of ducks here.|
|The hind bird had the most advanced moult of any Greenshank I saw.|
One final shot from the coast as it's a little unusual to see racoon dog out and about in daylight. As a rule they there's nothing much about them that suggests 'dog' to my eyes (unless it were a very overweight corgi), but with only the head poking up it does indeed have a dog-ish feel to it.