The island of South Ronaldsay is connected to the Mainland (of Orkney) by a series of barriers - Churchill Barriers - that were build in the 1940s to protect the anchorage of Scapa Flow. These barriers changed the flow of water in and out of Scapa Flow, and on the east side of Churchill Barrier 4 which connects South Ronaldsay to Burray, a beach has formed.
This beach is now how to Little Terns, which we watched but could not photograph and Ringed Plovers, which we could.
There was at least one pair of these active little waders dashing about on the beach, and with a slow, indirect, approach we were able to get close enough to them to take some pictures.
The Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is a small bird, only about 18 - 20cm long. These were some of the best views I have had of this species.
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