Thursday, 11 May 2017

Turnstones, Ringed Plovers and a Sanderling

Turnstone crabbing
On Tuesday morning we took Aunt Bea to the Pallant Gallery where we enjoyed the current exhibitions and had a lovely lunch in the foyer. We used to enjoy eating in the restaurant but that is now restricted to more expensive fare and we prefer the lighter lunch menu.
  Late in the afternoon I visited a local beach at low tide to see if there were any Turnstones in full mating plumage. I found just one, but it wouldn't allow me to get near. Some of the other turnstones were more obliging. A Sanderling and a Ringed Plover were feeding with them at the water's edge. I was pleased to find the Ringed Plovers that I saw at the end of March are now nesting. I hope foxes don't find them.
views from the Pallant Gallery:

Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull

Turnstones and Ringed Plover

working on the Rampion Offshore Windfarm

Turnstones facing off, Arenaria interpres

Turnstone in full breeding plumage with Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula

Ringed Plover on nest

Sanderling in summer plumage, Calidris alba 

Turnstone in full breeding plumage

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