An odd couple

While searching along the shoreline at Cairn Curran yesterday my eye was drawn to a ‘pair’ of tiny waders feeding together in the shallows. Closer inspection revealed them to be two entirely different species. The slightly larger bird is an uncommon resident – a female Red-capped Plover, the other a Red-necked Stint, possibly newly arrived on migration from the northern hemisphere.

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Red-capped Plover, Cairn Curran, 23rd August 2014.

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Red-necked Stint, Cairn Curran, 23rd August 2014.

Both birds happily fed together for 30 minutes while I watched, occasionally flying in tandem to a new feeding spot. It’s nice to see the first of the migratory waders back on the lake – this is a sure sign that there are warmer days just around the corner.

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The stint – perhaps showing a few traces of breeding plumage.

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Female Red-capped Plover.

2 responses to “An odd couple

  1. Geoff. Lovely shots and great commentary. May I ask what equipment you used for these shots and also settings?

  2. Hi Andrew, thanks for the nice feedback. Info … Canon 7D with EF400mm f/5.6L USM Lens – 1/1250, f6.3, ISO 200
    Cheers, Geoff

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