One of our trail cameras caught this picture of a redshank.

It looks very much like it is about to land on the gatepost. This is always a sure sign they have young nearby, as landing on a post gives them a good vantage point from which to watch over the young in the grass below.

Wading birds on posts often look... unexpected, as we are more used to seeing them wading in water and poking their bills into the mud. But several species will regularly perch on posts, such as redshank, oystercatcher, snipe, black-tailed godwit and curlew. Snipe will even use telegraph wires. It tends to be behaviour associated only with the breeding season.