Saturday, January 31, 2015

Waders on a winter afternoon


Spent a very pleasant hour watching waders - sanderling, ringed plover and redshank - at Whitburn rocks near Sunderland yesterday. Nothing rare or unusual, just glorious sunshine, crystal-clear air, and the sounds of the surf and the waders' calls. 

The seaside in winter is a great place to be on days like that.




















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  1. The plump little sanderling have such a long stride! Brilliant photos!

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    1. Must be one of the most hyperactive birds on the seashore!

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  2. Nice images Phil. The Sanderling put a stack of effort into foraging, the larger waders operate at much slower pace. Very entertaining set of birds, they seem used to the regular human presence at Whitburn too.

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    1. Thanks Stevie, I like the way you can just sit there and let the rising tide drive the sanderlings towards you. Sometimes they come within a few feet!

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