I recently had an enjoyable but relatively short session with a large flock of Dunlin. The numbers of these birds seemed to have started building early this year with good numbers around locally already. It was a well a well timed visit as the ebbing tide had just exposed a mud bank and the birds were busy feeding on it. As usual with waders the usual approach of sitting away and still at distance and hoping they will come to you work well, and at one point I had several birds feeding with a few feet of my position.
Some of the birds still showed remnants of their summer plumage.
These birds never stay still for a moment when they are feeding and given their small size makes them quite a tricky target.
Looking around for food in the small puddles left on the shore.
If that approach doesn't work then its time for them to get the beak muddy......
.....with the occasional stop to clean off the excess
As a bonus there were a couple of Ringed Plover mixed in amongst the chaos of the Dunlin flock and I was fortunate to have this one pause briefly close by.