Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

One of the most common coastal birds. They vary in size, northern birds have shorter bills and legs lengths than their southern cousins. They are often seen in large flock on seashores and estuaries where food supplies of invertebrates are plentiful.They breed in the north on upland moors and coastal grassland laying eggs in a ground built nest.

They are often difficult to get close to, try using a camera on a monopod and slowly creep closer to the birds, alternatively choose a location where they are common, sit still and wait for them to come to you.

This photograph was taken during a days shoot in Guernsey. The camera was hand held and the birds allowed us to gradually get close enough to take the shot. This is taken with the sigma 50 - 500mm lens and the Nikon D200.