Monday 18 July 2011

Questioning the bill

I mentioned breeding waders in yesterday's tern blog, so I'd better make this a wader post.

OK, for starters, here's a wader ON a post...

We were able to approach quite close to this Curlew thanks to Our Lass's poorly knee. A hastily arranged hire car for getting about North Ronaldsay (an island only 4 miles long) meant that we had a mobile hide! The bill on this bird isn't full adult length, which made me wonder if it was a Whimbrel instead, but no, it's a Curlew.

Here's a shot of a different bird, in more congenial surroundings, again from the 'hide'.

Some waders we couldn't drive to. Around the coast were plenty of Ringed Plovers. This one, on the shore of Linklet Bay, was a ringed Ringed Plover!

When they weren't collecting jewellery, they could be a bit more shellfish...


1 comment:

Martin said...

Mission accomplished. Reader laughing!