|Male Kentish Plover, Suscinio|
|The male's plumage matched the colours of the beach pebbles superbly|
|A very attractive wader|
I had walked a good 20 minutes from the car looking for the Bluethroats which breed there when the rain came down, catching me without a raincoat. It was probably the nadir of the trip and I shuffled back along the beach having seen no Bluethroats cursing my luck. I trudged past some small areas at the back of the beach which had been cordoned off for breeding Kentish Plovers, thinking how woefully inadequate they looked on a beach which appeared popular with dog-walkers and sun-worshippers.
|A front view of the male's head pattern|
|The female Kentish Plover lacks the male's striking head pattern...|
|...making for excellent camouflage in the context of the beach as this wide-angle view shows|
Then a peep just ahead of me alerted me to the presence of a pair of Kentish Plover - one of the birds I had most hoped to see on the beaches of Brittany. I had to walk past them to get back to the car so headed down to the water's edge to avoid any potential nest site and made my way carefully past. The pair posed beautifully for a few photographs as I skirted their adopted patch of beach.
|White-spotted Bluethroat, Suscinio|
|A distinctive song from a distinctive bird|
|Now that's just showing off|
|A typical view of the skulky Fan-tailed Warbler, though one would occasionally burst into the air in song flight...|
|...and a couple of times sat out in the open|
|Black-winged Stilt, Suscinio|
|A presumed male, judging by the extent of black on the head...|
|...and a presumed female flying over the car park|