I got good views of one of them and knew it was a Dunlin - that black belly is a bit of a give away. I assumed the second bird was also a dunlin, but inspection of the pictures I took show it to be a Sanderling.
One of the things that I find hard about identifying these waders in the UK is that I rarely get to see them in breeding plumage - by the time they arrive in Australia, there are in their non-breeding plumage, and generally looking less colourful.
So, here is a Sanderling (first two pictures) and a Dunlin (the rest).
When this post 'goes live' I will be deep in the Northern Territory - so I will be well and truely 'off the grid' as far as internet and such like. So, don't get impatient if you dont hear from me for a while.
Hope to be able to post some NT birds for next weeks WBW.
So, off you go, click the Blue Button and I'll see you when I get back! SM
Both are gorgeous birds! I really like the feather patterns!ReplyDelete
Hello Stewart!:) Have a great time!:) They do seem similar at first glance but I see the difference now. They are both lovely birds, with gorgeous plumage colours and patterns.ReplyDelete
Once again magnificent camouflage. Both beauties.ReplyDelete
Nice crisp shots of the feathers. I rarely get to see a Dunlin in breeding plumage. I did not know that Sanderling acquired the similar black belly. Are you certain it is not another Dunlin? I know that the Dunlin's bill can be somewhat variable and not seem to have much of a droop.ReplyDelete
OOPS-- I was looking at the third bird, as I thought you meant the second bird after the Sanderlings! Sorry-- you are right on!ReplyDelete
Hello, pretty shots of both the Sanderling and Dunlin. I like the Dunlins showing their black bellies. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous images of the Sanderling and Dunlin. Their markings are beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday. Have a wonderful week.
I love the sanderling even if I never seen it so colorful :) A wonderful bird.ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting. :)
I'm not much for names...I just know them as cute little brown wading birds.ReplyDelete
i like the dark belly.ReplyDelete
Really nice photos Stewart.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your adventure!
Both beautiful wadersReplyDelete
Two lovely birds & a great collection of shots of them.ReplyDelete
Have fun up North
Stewart, great captures of these shorebirds. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
They are pretty regardless..love their markings..ReplyDelete
Neat to see birds we share. I finally got pretty good at identifying dunlun in the winter. But I've been away from them for over a year so will probably hve to relearn them. Thanks for the post.ReplyDelete
That black belly is quite distinctive. Otherwise, I can see how they could get mixed up. You did a great job of capturing those beautiful colors and patterns. Hope you're having a great time!ReplyDelete
They even have pretty names, Stewart! Great photos considering how quickly shore birds seem to move...at least when I want to take their pic!!...:)JPReplyDelete
Hope you get to the wildlife bird show up there. These birds are pretty and very similar.ReplyDelete
When it comes to waders, the Sanderling is up there with my favourites. Lovely images, and like you say, not easy to distinguish in it's varying plumages. I always have to check the feet for that missing hind toe.ReplyDelete
Good eye, Stewart! Great captures of these two. Happy, safe travels!ReplyDelete
They look like friendly little critters :)ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy/ed your visit into the depth of NT. We expect some great photos when you resurface! :)ReplyDelete
That is a pretty bird.ReplyDelete
Your photos of the Sanderling and Dunlin are beautiful. These shore birds both have such nice markings and they seem to have posed for you!ReplyDelete
Remarkably beautiful bird!ReplyDelete
And, exquisite snaps, Stewart!!
Have a Happy Sunday!!