We also saw lots of oystercatchers on the same beach, also busily feeding and more timid than the turnstones, flying away long before we got near them - I managed to get some lovely views while sitting quietly on a rock, watching them through the binoculars and getting some decent photographs with a long lens. Here are the studies I did of these lovely waders, so easy to recognise with their bold black and white markings and bright red/orange beaks.
The next set of studies is from a visit to the high tide on the Wirral last Friday - the high tide pushes a variety of waders close to the shore, namely knot, sanderling and the odd dunlin - they are not spectacular looking birds with their dullish brown and grey plumage but when there are thousands of them in coordinated flight together, landing to form a carpet of grey and with the sound that goes with them it's a wonderful spectacle to behold. Here are some little studies of some of the birds that were close enough to get photos of
Thank you for looking in - and I'd love to hear what you think of this way of recording our wildlife experiences