I seldom get to see these birds as they are very elusive in my area, but as I was driving a backcountry road sometime ago, I saw one by the roadside. Unfortunately one could not shoot from inside the vehicle as there was too much intervening vegetation from that perspective, so I opened the door on my Ford Bronco and while still standing in the truck, leaned forward over the V made by the open door, all without losing my balance and falling out of the truck. Try doing that with a 500mmF4 or bigger lens sometime and you will find that it is very difficult.
Woodcock Walking Away
None of the photos are as good as I would have liked, but they are the only woodcock photos I have taken since changing from film to digital in 2003.