Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ringed Plover and Dunlin

I always enjoy photographing small shore birds. They always have great movement and offer a good challenge on approach especially with the lack of cover on an open beach. This usually means getting down in wet mud! It is always a priviledge to watch the antics when you are in close on some small feeding shore birds. Ringed plover are one such bird, delicate in their quick walks across the beach but swift and agile in flight.
Locally the waders are starting to return with redshank, dunlin, turnstones and curlew building in numbers. These early arrivals often still have the summer plumage and include some beautifullycoloured birds.
Dunlin still in their summer dress.


Tommy V said...

great pictures of birds I have never seen. Thanks for sharing.

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for the reply Tommy. We get huge numbers of these birds accumulating on the local shore during the winter but looking a lot more drab than these first arrivals.




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