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Monday, September 27, 2010

More migratory waders

Following my previous post (below), I was able to observe a few more species of wading birds passing through the Seewinkel National Park (Burgenland, Austria) on their migration from the Arctic tundra towards Africa and the south. Here are a few of them.

Common Sandpiper - this juvenile is completing its post-juvenile moult

Dunlin - this bird is showing the last remnants of its black belly-patch
as it moults into winter plumage

The Knot is a little larger than the Dunlin and this individual is already in winter plumage

The Ruff - many pairs breed in the National Park
but many pass through on migration from further north

The Avocet is not strictly an Arctic breeder,
but they migrate south to avoid freezing temperatures in winter


Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

The reflections are so amazing.

2:37 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

You obviously have a knack of getting close to the birds and not frightening them. They seem to be on their best behaviour for you.

6:07 pm  
Blogger simon said...

nice photos - that new camera works a treat mate.

11:48 pm  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

They're all very nice shots, but I particularly enjoyed the avocet!

1:32 am  

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