Another bird I focused on at Bottle Beach was the distinctive Dunlin, a largish sandpiper with a distinctive black belly. Being able to identify the Dunlin among other sandpipers is probably part of the reason I focused on it.
All sandpipers are beautiful in their breeding plumage, but the Dunlin’s black belly is an elegant touch.
Dunlins are distinctive even skimpering across the sand like Alice’s White Rabbit,
though they’re even more beautiful close up.
Sitting on a sandy beach surrounded by shorebirds ignoring me while they feed for the long trip ahead has become a highlight of Spring for me.