Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Whoa, Black Belly (bam-ba-lam)

Adult Dunlin still in its smart, black-bellied, summer plumage

Last night Jane and I braved the massive tide and high winds to have a crack at lamping a few passage waders down at Ynyslas. There were a good number present, mostly Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and Dunlin but the wind and bright conditions were never going to favour a massive catch. In the end we managed a respectable 11 Dunlin (including 4 breeding plumage adults - we usually only catch juveniles in the autumn) and 3 Ringed Plovers. Hopefully conditions will be better on the new moon tides in a fortnights time. Made a nice change from Nightjars anyway!

An adult female Ringed Plover showing the (relatively) new bling location on the tibia. Please check any dead Ringed Plovers you may find VERY carefully or you might miss them!!

The same adult showing the early stages of wing moult in the inner primaries

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