of the month... August 2003
juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea takes a rest
on a small tidal lagoon near my home in Dorset. During a rapid migration
from their breeding grounds in Arctic Siberia these birds are able
to deposit fat quickly allowing them to make long continuous flights
with few 'stop overs' before arriving in Africa or Southern Asia
where they spend the winter.
I spent three enjoyable hours photographing these birds; Kneeing
in the water and moving slowly they quickly became accustomed to
my presence, allowing photography of feeding, bathing and in this
case preening down to a few feet.