I have noticed a lot of snake photo's appearing on Twitter. Many taken on the mendips. So I thought I would get a slice of the action. A couple of days ago I did spot a decent sized Common lizard (actually my wife found it) at Ubley Warren but he was to quick for me and I didnt get a photo.
So i headed up there again this afternoon. I noticed an awful lot of dog s***. This does annoy me immensely as the area is really beautiful but a lot of people cant be arsed (excuse the pun) to clear up after themselves.
Avoiding the disgusting piles I set about searching for snakes. Now I am not very good at this and quickly started getting a bit distracted. It just feels a bit unnatural staring at the floor. Anyway after half an hour I hadn't seen a thing. Then something odd happened. Some dogs were splashing and barking around a pond. Moments later a good 20 Snipe flew up. I was really surprised to see these little birds up here and especially in such numbers.
A GS woodpecker put in an appearance as well as a Grey heron. I looked around the small ponds but didnt see any snakes or frogs. I nearly stood on a bunny rabbit as it fled into its warren.
A single Raven flew above but I was to slow to capture a picture. Then a Buzzard flew lw over my head. Its a shame the light was poor as these could have turned out much better.