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Water Rail and Snipe
Eric Dempsey sent in these pictures taken on Tuesday 15th August 2006 in Wexford.
Eric says "Here are two shots of birds that are sometimes quite difficult to photograph. I was in Wexford and it was a dreadful day with heavy rain so I took cover in a hide on the North Slob. This overlooks a small reedbed and a pool. After some time these two birds emerged briefly to show themselves. The first is of a Water Rail, a relative of the Corncrake and a very very shy bird indeed. It is more often heard than seen. It gives a squealing call (like a pig!).
The second picture is of a Snipe and most times they are very easily flushed. This bird was unaware of my presence so I was able to capture a nice image."