Saturday, 26 September 2009

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

A nice UK 'find-tick' came in the shape and form of this Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Ringasta - found as I was searching through a large flock of Eurasian Golden Plovers for the umpteenth time this week. The bird was very distant, but after a bit of a wait, it came reasonably close to get some record shots with the 800mm and 1.4x converter. Fortunately two of our Shetland Wildlife clients - Brian & Phil - were close by, so a quick call to them ensured they enjoyed good views; and having spent all of last week in westerlies on Fair Isle, they thoroughly deserved it...









4 comments:

Eagleseagles said...

Nice find Hugh - I think Buff-breasted Sands are a pretty wader and great that a couple of your clients were nearby!


I feel for them - I have been following Fair Isle obs warden's blog
and he was hopeful that the SW group would have some good birds - but that wind!

Let's hope that the wind changes direction soon! (but not too many short staying birds please!)

C

Hugh Harrop said...

Thanks - still a rare bird here with only around 40 records (10 of which were in 2007). Fingers crossed that the wind shifts by the time you get here - or that we get a good Nearctic vagrant to at least match the Orkney duo!

Paula said...

Wonderful photos Hugh! I have yet to see a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and hope to add it to my "life list" this coming spring.

Hugh Harrop said...

Thanks Paula!