Footprint from large bird in mud at the side of a track. 20p coin for reference. Any ideas as to the owner?
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Doesn't quite look large enough for Heron, but looks too broad for Water Rail and doesn't show lobes of Coot - are there many Pheasants in the area?
Is moorhen a possibility? I really didn't realise how big their feet are until I was photographing one last week.
Plenty pheasants in the area but this looked too big for a pheasant. Measuring from the photo and a 20p coin, I reckon around 9.5cm from centre toe to heel. Hadn't thought of heron: could well be that.
Hi - you have to remember that in soft mud the prints are usually larger than the ffet themselves
I agree they'll be a little bigger but I wouldn't expect a pheasant track to be much more than 6-6.5cm.
It also looks as though a heron track would be expected to have a more obvious toe at the back.
I'm still not sure about this one.
Looks like moorhen to me
While Little Egrets are very common in many parts of England, they are still comparatively rare in Scotland. (They are still a description species in some recording areas.....) Many of the records are coastal and one this far inland in winter would seem unlikely.
Hope this helps
Thanks David. I'd agree that this is likely to be well out of the normal range of Little Egrets. Certainly a bird, though ;)
Lat/Lng: 55.4737, -3.2026
OS grid ref: NT240206