Roosting waders, Redshank, Turnstone and Knot



Dunlin is the most common wader to be found on our shores and the winter flocks are around half of the total Western European population.. This Dunlin picture was taken in early February, they can be confused with the Knot. No such problems in Summer when the Dunlin has a large black belly patch making it unmistakeable, and the plumage of the breeding Knot becomes a rich rufous orange, and is commonly known as Red Knot. To take these pictures of the waders. I used a Canon 20d with the 100-400mm lens and literally crawled towards the rocks in order to get close enough to take these pictures.



These are one of my favourite waders, I usually see them on a sandy beach, scurrying along the waters edge in a neat line, between May and September, when they are migrating between their breeding grounds in the Arctic and their winter places, which can be South Africa, America or Australia. Some do winter over here, although these were taken in Brittany, and because the weather was so awful, they were not on the western beachy side of the peninsular at Quiberon, where I usually see them -but on the more calmer eastern side.