Ringer Paul Leafe must have done a double-take in the torchlight last week when he found a Great Snipe
in a field near Llandrindod Wells.
The great snipe
normally spends summer in north-eastern Europe before migrating to Africa for the winter.
Swedish and British researchers, who fitted electronic tags to male great snipes
, found that the birds make extraordinary non-stop marathon flights.
These sites host the majority of the EU population of globally threatened species such as aquatic warblers, great snipes
and spotted eagles, as well as healthy populations of other more widespread species such as white and black storks, common cranes, and several woodpeckers and owls.