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Tricky little waders

These are some of the last waders on their northward migration and can be quite tricky to identify, especially if seen on their own away from the shore. They are part of flock of 20 Sanderling seen this morning that are losing their familiar silver grey plumage to one that matches their breeding ground on the Arctic tundra. They undergo extremely long flights and are storing fat for fuel, almost doubling their weight before they leave! More Sanderling info here.

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