I had a day off work today with the sole intention of catching a lifer before it carried on it's migration north. An early start was required to get to Pendle in Lancashire before rush hour and to give me as much time as possible to see this bird before the forecast heavy rain showers. With the help of a kind walker, I got onto the trail, but it was pretty tough and took me almost an hour from car to summit. Cloud covered the hill tops but I was going to see this bird if it was here. Very quickly I spotted a pair of Dotterel. My target bird, and they were stunning. It felt like Christmas, because I really thought I'd missed them.
I spent more than an hour with these birds observing and generally feeling delighted. It was difficult to leave them. A superb day, and one I won't forget.
The summit I needed to get to is currently in the clouds. Eeek.
The Summit, just to prove I made it.
By the time I came down the cloud had gone.
The male in this species is not as colourful as the female. (Clearly something went wrong there)
The stunningly colourful female.