Sunday 5 December 2010

Sandbanks Auk and Shore Road Waders

Children's birthday parties this morning and a Santa Special train in Swanage this afternoon prevented me from joining the boat to Brownsea today - a shame as a Little Auk was sitting just off the island's landing stage. Fortunately, it was viewable from Sandbanks with the scope so a quick diversion between family commitments enabled me to add Alle alle to my Dorset list. Despite it's popularity with dog walkers and windsurfers, Shore Road on Sandbanks can be an excellent place to get close to waders when the tide is right. Today a mixed flock of Sanderling (bottom), Dunlin (top), Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Oystercatcher gave a brief window of opportunity for some photographs as the tide turned.

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