Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 21, 2014

Shoreline Solstice

Sanderling are small waders and they inhabit the tidal zone of South Gare this time of year. They cluster along the breaking waves.

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Sanderling (Calidris alba)

Something disturbs them, and they take to the air.

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A passing Black Headed Gull is caught in the frame.

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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

but the Sanderling continue onwards, until they rest on the shore.

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Then they walk along the tidal area, searching for food.

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More Sanderling fly past, and inside the flock are Turnstones.

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Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Their red legs are very striking.

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They stand out in a group of Sanderling.

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Another striking bird on the shoreline are Oystercatchers.

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

These are unmistakable birds; with their black and white plumage and bright red beaks. One flies past me, over the sea before landing on the sand.

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It begins probing the sand for worms.

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Another bird joins it.

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Then another.

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They make their way across the sand.

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The sea rolls in onto the shore, with the wind picking up the spray..

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There is something deeply satisfying being close to the shore, even if the wind picks up the sand.

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And as I leave across the dunes, a small a murmuration of starlings flies past.

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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Hey guys, where were you last Thursday?

The last pictures goes to the sea, distant Redcar and Saltburn Cliffs.

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And to the nearby Steel plant.

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The works of nature and of man.


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