Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday - Shorebirds

So, a couple of weeks ago I was on the beach and there were all these birds feeding in the shallows. I thought they were dotterels but I'm not sure. You know I'm bad at this, plus they were a way off, and when I zoom in on the photo it's too pixellated to get a good look.

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!


  1. Well he's cute. and I look at those beautiful moody pebbles/shells in the background and I visit just as much for the background as the wildlife!

    1. Thanks, Lily. I'm glad you still enjoy these :) I love finding odd things and taking photos.

      Cate xo