An intense tropical downpour yesterday forced a tiny wader onto the hell deck- not surprising really as the area quickly became the largest source of fresh water for well over a hundred miles. The bird hunkered down in the anti- slip matting but once the rain stopped the bird started bathing, preening and then drinking. I was delighted to see that it was a rather brightly coloured juvenile semipalmated sandpiper- a charming little wader that spent an hour or so onboard before continuing its' southerly migration.
|the partial webbing between the toes can be seen in this shot|
|note the slightly bulbous tip to the end of the bill|
|the peach wash and diffuse streaking on the neck is a good ID feature|
|and only faint white mantle 'V'|