Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Waders in Flight
This picture was taken at Sanna after a group of small waders, which had refused to stay still long enough along the shoreline to have their picture taken, took off and flew over the bay. Out of the 'burst' of five pictures, this one worked.
It shows turnstones, with the more patterned wings, flying with ringed plovers. Both the plovers and the turnstones which winter here are mainly from Canada and Greenland. If such a migration seems a long way, an Australian turnstone which was fitted with a geolocator was tracked on a 27,000 kilometre round trip to and from its breeding grounds in northern Siberia.