Scurrying Sanderling

Sanderling are one of my favourite wading birds. Actually, they’re one of the few species of waders I can identify reliably. I appear to suffer from some form of wader-related blindness when it comes to identifying other species. Here’s one in its typical out-of-season garb:

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

And here’s one turning a rather fetching ginger for the breeding season. It’s not the colour I’d choose, since when I first grew a beard I found with slight consternation that it had two ginger stripes in it.

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

And here’s a more typical view of their activities. They frolic along the tideline, busying themselves with morsels and running backwards and forwards as if magnetically attached to each wave.

Sanderling are the child in each of us.

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

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