Tuesday, 3 October 2017
The variety and numbers of scarce migrant waders picked up noticeably on the west coast during the last week of September. I took a trip to Blackrock strand in north Kerry on 25/9/2017 in the hope of getting a few shots of the adult White-rumped Sandpiper that had been in the area during the previous week. While a got some brief views it never stayed around long enough to to allow me to capture a few shots. The five Curlew Sandpipers present were much more obliging and were often willing to come close to the camera along with the four Little Stints and the many Dunlin and Sanderling on the beach. All of the photos below are of juveniles; the lone moulting adult bird on the beach escaped the lens.