Sunday, 20 September 2015

Bluff-chested Handwiper

A six hour session with the Buff-breasted Sandpiper today provided plenty of opportunity to point it out to passers by, most of whom seemed genuinely interested, particularly when told about its provenance from North America. Quite a few though seemed to have trouble remembering its name, despite it being only seconds between me telling them and them reciting it back to me. 'Bluff-chested, you say'; 'Chuff-crested, is it?'; 'A Rough-legged whatwasit?', I had them all. In the end I decided to tell them I was looking at the metal detectorists who were prospecting in the same field. Much less scope for confusion.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Slightly ruffled in this one
It never came as close as I had hoped...
...but certainly an improvement on my previous efforts
A very dinky wader
During one of its frequent rest stops
Sandpiper on a stick. Spoiling a perfectly good photo of a metal detectorist.
Plenty of Wheatears in the area
Whitethroat feeding on elderberries

1 comment:

  1. Peter:
    I am enjoying your blog on multiple -levels, learning more birds names, your humour, your writing and your excellent photographers eye.
    Keep all them coming