... on rounding a corner we stumbled on an excited Finn watching a Northern Waterthrush in a puddle. Jubbly.
[Addendum: There seems to be some discussion over the identification of this Northern Waterthrush, I'd guess largely due to the high ISO, slightly over-exposed, noise-reduced-to-hell-and-back jpeg posted by Peter here. Not having Pyle to hand (I know, I know, I forgot to pack it), the following is heavily indebted to 'Separating Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes' c/o Belltower Birding.
Our bird showed the following features:
- a plain up-and-down bobbing of the tail and rear body;
- a yellowish supercilium (paler, whitish behind the eye), breadth of supercilium behind the eye varied with posture;
- thin bill with thin and straight lower mandible;
- a finely striped chin (this was lost' in Peter's photograph due to slight over-exposure);
- yellowish breast and belly, whiter on the rear flanks and undertail (the yellow was reduced in Peter's photo probably as a result of increasing the contrast in the image and noise-reduction);
- quite dense streaking on the underparts; and
- short primary projection.
All the above seem to lean towards Northern,... granted the legs were quite pink though.]
Another god awful heavily cropped image for your delectation.