A few days later I stayed to read a book while Mr E did a big hike further along the beach. And this little guy was pottering around me. So I got some better photos...ARGH...I still can't identify him! Honestly, I'm hopeless at this!
I ruled out a Sandpiper because I thought his beak was too short, but this page for Birds In Backyards, has a common Sandpiper with a similar sized beak. There are two things making me question one is the speckles on his chest and the second is that they usually migrate to northern Australia, if not Eurasia for our winter and he was definitely here in winter - I guess you can't have everything :)
So, yes, another great photo, another unknown creature!
I should change the title of this column from Wildlife Wednesday to Cate's Unknown and Mysterious Wildlife!
But...I enjoy it, and I hope no one is here to learn from me! If you are - please go somewhere else. I can only teach you mistakes!