Dunlin

Yesterday I wrote about my experience looking for Dunlin. I did see them, but my trip was hijacked by one of the most spectacular birds I will ever see:

I got some great photos of Dunlin, but when compared to a female Grey Phalarope in full breeding plumage, they don’t really compare. So after all the excitement, here’s how I got on in my Dunlin quest.

Here is a Dunlin, Calidris alpina:

Dunlin - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dunlin means ‘brown-thing’, which it is, but with a white belly and a distinctive black patch when it’s in breeding plumage. Since I was in the mood for some spectacular shots, I took this one flying past, as well:

Dunlin - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lovely, aren’t they? On any other day it would have been the best shot I took. Now I’d like to get a shot of a flock of them flying past and one feeding while paddling in the water. I can feel another trip coming on.

Thanks for your support and being here, virtually, with me.

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