26 September 2011
Following close on the heels of the cryptic autumnal moths is this cryptic passage migrant bird. Barry Weston found this very nice Wryneck on a local patch and is good reward for watching the same area with some regularity at this time of year. Although not particularly shy the tendency for this bird to spend long periods feeding on the ground did make it difficult to see. Its plumage is stunning but its very deliberate and busy nature in bushes does seem to waste its amazing camouflage.
I took a bit of video of this bird when it was still a fair way off and the quality is not good but you do see a bit of its behaviour and welcome partiality to sit out in the open on occasions.
Location is Mynydd Gellionen (SN 7062 0398)