On May 4, Frank Mantlik discovered a female Ruff (Reeve) in a restricted portion of the Great Meadows IBA in Stratford. Today I was able to access the location. It was fantastic seeing the bird for the first time and I have to give a big thank you to Frank Mantlik for making it all work.
Based on looks this bird is an adult female (Reeve), as Frank originally identified it, based on back pattern, leg color and head pattern, easily ruling out male.
Our looks were from quite a distance but we were still able to take in all the field marks, and the bright sun helped us get as close as we could at 60x.
Poor Record Shots below: