Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The best photobomb in birding... so far?

US birder Matt Daw recorded what is surely the best 'photobomb' ever seen in birding when, during the morning of July 7th while videoing a fishing Least Bittern at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (New Mexico), the first US record of Rufous-necked Wood-rail ran through his field of view! The video can be seen below:


The Rufous-necked Wood-rail breeds in mangrove swamps from Mexico south to northern South America and is an utterly unexpected find so far north - as previously mentioned, it represents the first occurrence of the species in the ABA recording area.

How long is it before something similar happens in the Western Palearctic or, more specifically, Britain & Ireland? And what mega will it be...?

Likely scenarios for such an event to occur perhaps concern birders photographing/videoing of large flocks of birds such as waders, gulls, terns or seabirds. How galling would it be to film a huge feeding flock of Manx Shearwaters, only to notice a Black-capped Petrel sneak through after the event?!

2 comments:

Owen said...

Solitary Sandpiper and Northern Waterthrush, Cape Clear? Surely that counts. ;)

Jane Turner said...

I know someone who photographed a flock of Black Terns on the Mersey and noticed a WW Black Tern after the fact