Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 4, 2013

Windswept

An afternoon trip to South Gare at low tide brings many delights. The wind blows the sand over the beach with force, making fantastical patterns.

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Black Headed Gulls rest on the sand.

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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

Oystercatchers fly over the sea to the shoreline.

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

And with them, more waders, including Sanderling.

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Sanderling (Calidris alba)

Mixed in with the Oystercatchers were Godwits, both Black tailed and Bar tailed. The Black tailed Godwit (above the Oystercatcher) has a distinctive white stripe in flight, whereas the Bar tailed Godwits have a black section at the end of their wing.

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The Godwits can also be distinguished by their tails; each according to their name.

The Bar tailed Godwits are very elegant birds.

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Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

Finally, a solitary Turnstone worked the tidal edge.

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Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Turning back to the car that leads to home, the wind has swept the footsteps away.

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And in the distance, the steel works set against the edge of the coastal cliffs of North Yorkshire frames the skyline.

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