Friday, 21 August 2015

'Semi P'

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' 

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