Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Surfin' birds

Despite the howling easterlies and wintry storms (and having fled to London for a few days presently), we did venture out along the beach a couple of days ago, and unexpectedly found the shoreline carpeted with birds.

Raging seas and a constantly shifting bank of surf along the tideline encouraged swirling flocks of Sanderlings and Dunlins, as well as smaller numbers of various other waders, to challenge the marauding ranks of Black-headed and Common Gulls for space.

Sanderlings and Dunlins

Ringed Plover

Sanderlings, Dunlins and Turnstones

Black-headed and Common Gull