I’ve come all this way …

This tiny wader, a Red-necked Stint, has just made a remarkable journey. Its breeding grounds are in Siberia and Alaska. During the northern hemisphere winter most of the population journeys all the way to Australia, a distance of more than 10,000km. At the end of our southern summer they fly all the way back again in a remarkable feat of navigation and endurance.

No wonder this one is hungry. Feeding along the shoreline of the lake is profitable – the slowly rising waters flushing out insect larvae, perfect for refuelling at the start of a summer holiday.

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

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A successful extraction.

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Gone in the blink of an eye!

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