Shetland Isles [2] - waders

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Mid-July marks the arrival time in Shetland of the very early Arctic migrants starting to pass through on the autumn migration south. At the Pool of Virkie close to Sumburgh Head I encountered the following over three separate visits.

Black-tailed Godwit possibly a resident species

the definitely resident Common Redshank

and the migrants, Common Ringed Plover, which I also saw atop Ronas Hill, at 450m Shetland's highest point!

here with a breeding plumage Sanderling which initially had me very confused as I had only ever seen this one previously in winter plumage

and single Sanderling

Dunlin were largely in breeding plumage

while Red Knot showed a bewildering array from full breeding to full non-breeding plumage

The odd Ruddy Turnstone, also in full breeding plumage mingled with the Dunlin

Eurasian Curlew (resident) mixed with the waders as well as being very common in the arable and moorland areas inland.

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