Sanderling Citizen Science

Just to be clear, this is about people studying shorebirds, not a surreal Sanderling society where small, dumpy birds study the humans on a day out at the beach…

…So anyway, the other day I was at the beach.  I was at Dungeness with my telescope on the lookout for terns using the area as a fishing ground as part of my summer contract of tern monitoring.  But as its near the end of a pretty dismal breeding season in Sussex, there weren’t too many terns.  Instead I was drawn to some small shorebirds running along the water’s edge looking for food.  They were Sanderling and the very first one I saw happened to be colour ringed!


A pretty poor image but not bad for a phone down a dirty scope when Sanderlings never stand still!


Falling with style

Ok, its a weak Toy Story link but I wanted to do another post on flight with a different title.  Mainly because I’d been spending a few short sessions looking at some Puffins coming in to land.  I am not a patient photographer so after ten minutes I get bored of attempting the same shot and move on.  Which is why I am so pleased to have captured this shot of a Puffin coming in with something in its beak, its not the classic front on with a beakful of sandeels but I think I like it more because of that (and that I fluked it within a dozen or so exposures!).

oh wait... that's a stick...

But I also had a couple other shots I was happy with…