Purple Sandpiper

I’m used to seeing Purple Sandpipers in Devon in the winter. There are usually a few birds around Brixham Breakwater, and they’re fascinating to watch.

I’ve seen them before, on Papa Westray:

This time I see three of them on the very northern-most coast of Westray.

Purple Sandpiper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Yes, I know there are only two of them in the photograph.

Their legs are the colour of seaplants. They let me get so close, it’s a thrill.

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