Took this photo at Traigh beach on the west coast of Scotland near to Mallaig and thought I'd bagged a new species for my list, the left most bird in the water - small wader with a curved bill. I got the books out and started looking. My first thought was it was a curlew sandpiper.
It wasn't until I got home and put the photo on the laptop and enlarged the image, that I realised it was a dunlin with a worm hanging from its bill
I'll just have to try again to tick the curlew sandpiper from my list
Good point Martin,one advantage of modern photographic technology.
Isn't it just typical, when you want to get an ID on a bird, the beak and head is tucked into its plumage!
Nice photo though.
Incidentally, a bit of useless info, Mallaig isn't too far from Sandaig, which is where the author Gavin Maxwell lived. Gavin Maxwell wrote the fictional story "Ring Of Bright Water", a tale about an otter bought from a London pet shop, and after a while he moved to Scotland, a place called Camusfearna, which was based on Sandaig if I recall correctly.
The book was made into a film (released 1969) of the same name.