Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 2, 2009

Shoreline

A New Years day trip to Saltburn at low tide shows the magnificent Jurassic cliff off to its best.

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The Victorian pier looks like a beached whale, and on New Years Day the water powered funicular lift isn’t working.  Whilst walking on the pier, I notice some Oystercatchers in their winter plumage moving along the tidal zone on the long beach formed in the Lee of Huntcliff.

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Walking along the beach I see plenty of Sanderlings, darting along the tide line for food.  One is particularly brave and passes close by, eventually flying off.

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Sanderling (Calidris alba)

The beach is soon to be reclaimed by the incoming tide, so one last image of a Sanderling on the sand, then the sea.

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