A lot closer on the banks of the reservoir, were a nice Dunlin and Sanderling, both in really lovely breeding plumage. I don't think I've seen a Sanderling in this plumage before.
They were both very confiding and gave me a great opportunity to get close. At close proximity you can really appreciate how small these birds are. No binoculars needed, and they are small.
Dunlin with the black front.
The Sanderling, which doesn't have a black front.
NO I have never seen a Sanderling in breeding plumage. I thought they all left for their breeding grounds inout summer?ReplyDelete
Pretty shots of both the Sanderling and Dunlin. Their breeding colors are pretty.ReplyDelete
They are beautiful little shorebirds.ReplyDelete
Beautiful captures! What a lovely bird encounter.ReplyDelete
Lovely shots, Adam, I'd have never known the difference (without your info!).ReplyDelete
Great shots - when I see Sanderling that are almost completely pale - would be nice to see some with a bit of colour.ReplyDelete
Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (airport)
Great shots..wonderful detail..Thanks for explaining the difference..ReplyDelete
Excellent clear shots!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures, I love these birdsReplyDelete
I wish you a beautiful Sunday.
Best regards, Irma
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Well taken Adam.ReplyDelete
Both are just gorgeous!!!! I always enjoy seeing your posts!!ReplyDelete
That was a stroke of luck those waders being there unexpectedly. You didn't waste the opportunity Adam as it's a lovely set of pictures.ReplyDelete
Very nice shots! The patterns in the feathers are very attractive.ReplyDelete
Pretty birds. Lovely colours and feather patterns.ReplyDelete
So great and maybe now I could tell the difference next time, so thanks for that. We see swoops of dunlins at our oregon lake. Really beautiful to watch as they move as if they were one body.ReplyDelete
I love watching sea birds!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/in-memoriam-ling.html
Stunning shots of the beautiful birds, I love the orange, white, black mottling of their feathers, so colorful. The black spot on the stomachs of the Dunlins really sets them off when they are flying, too. It is great seeing the comparison with the Sanderlings.ReplyDelete
merci pour vos belles photos de cet oiseau au très beau plumage !ReplyDelete
Love the various colors and detail on these birds. Your photography skills are outstanding.ReplyDelete