Friday, September 28, 2012

Sanderling

I was really pleased to come across this juvenile Sanderling at Yarmouth Harbour this afternoon. It's the first one I've seen on this side of the island, though the beach at Ryde attracts lots of them!

It really is a beauty with that dramatic black & white plumage, and those dark feather centres with 'the three spears' as the Collins' Guide puts it! It may be a juvenile but it's already travelled a long way having been raised in the high Arctic!

Here's a short video clip:

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