Lone Dunlin

On my coastal outing mid-week it was noticeable that a great many people were still on holiday and that for some private schools it was half term.  I do not resent people from enjoying our wonderful countryside, sometimes I just like to be on my own to relax and soak up nature.  As I past Salthouse I noticed few cars along Beach Road so decided to stop and check for any migrant birds at Gramborough Hill.

The Norfolk coast from Weybourne in the east to Blakeney point is made up of a shingle ridge.  This used to be maintained to protect the marshes from flooding.  However in 2013 a storm surge flattened the ridge, extensive flooding occurred, and the shingle was left to shape itself naturally.

Lone Dunlin in the shore pool

The car park was  lost and so too were many of the shore pools.  Only one remains, and as I approached I noticed two waders, a Redshank at the back feeding avidly, and on its own a small Dunlin (Calidris alpina).  Normally these little shore birds will be in flocks, probing shallow pools for worms and invertebrates.  I guess that today, like myself, this little fellow was just after a bit of peace and quiet.


24 thoughts on “Lone Dunlin

  1. Now that is a nice bird shot, glint in the eye and feature rich perspective. Always like the Dunlin. The belly is a bit more splotchy than I usually see them – might be residuals of the breeding plumage. As you mentioned, they definitely tend to hang in groups – maybe you both just needed some time to recharge the batteries.

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    1. Very pleased with this shot even though I got a bit wet on my hands and knees to get close! Lighting was perfect and the Dunlin kept a close eye on me so I could get that glint. We do tend to get Dunlin with a lot of breeding plumage early in the autumn, these probably breed in northern England or Scotland. In spring we get them in full glorious plumage as they get ready to head back north.

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