There were some Common Snipe feeding reasonably close to the hide so even in the gloom, I was able to get some half decent photos. Common Snipe is an all year round resident bird in Britain, favouring marshes, bogs and damp meadows with short, dense vegetation. When seen up close their plumage is absolutely beautiful!As you can see in this photo below, if the Snipe had been more in that brown vegetation on the left, they would have been alot harder to pick up.As I left the hide the rain had eased off a bit. It was still drizzling, but I decided I wouldn't melt! (-: This family of cygnets were drifting along a weed covered rhyne.I don't know if the cygnets eat this stuff, but if so, it must be quite handy to have your dinner clinging to your body!It was a great couple of hours at this newish reserve on the Somerset Levels. Apparently it is great in winter for hunting Short-eared Owls and raptors. It will be on my list of places to visit again for sure.
On the way back home, as I was passing the famous Glastonbury Tor, I noticed that the sun briefly came out and was shining on this distinctive Somerset landmark which looked rather dramatic with a background of brooding grey rainclouds.