This second survey of the season will be remembered by those who came for the choppy seas and soaking spray, courtesy of rather strong NW winds. Two of us will remember it for another reason – because 2 of us saw a Spoon-billed Sandpiper! But 2 of us didn’t! I was in the latter group, though not for want of trying. A few other shots from the day below.
Lighting conditions were variable and the haze further hampered things.
There were a couple of Asian Dowitchers starting to come into nice red plumage.
Spoonie fail! We spent a lot of time scouring the stints for the Spoonie – not easy from a rocking and rolling boat. And there were plenty of Red-necked Stints intent on fooling us. This one stood right in front of the primary projection of the bird behind, causing a missed heartbeat!
The really devious ones were those which went around with clods of congealed mud stuck to their bills. These are easy enough to discount on a still photo, but a lot more difficult when things are moving about! For more on the differences between real and fake Spoonies, see here!