While advocating patience and care in approaching wild birds I don’t always set the best example. The thrill of seeing a rare or unusual species, should ideally be balanced with a slow, cautious approach for better views, or a photograph. Such was the case when I spotted these two Greenshanks Tringa nebularia at Cairn Curran earlier in the week. This species is notoriously nervous and while the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers allowed a close approach, the Greenshanks would have none of it. I managed to get one distant photograph of them before they departed – one of the birds is more strikingly marked, perhaps with the vestiges of breeding plumage.
There was a nice assortment of other less flighty birds around to observe and photograph.