A small flock of Sanderlings? passing the enterance to the Tyne at South Shields.More pictures of South Shields by Roy Jackson...
Camera Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure Program: Program Action, Focal length: 240 mm, Aperture: f 5.6, ISO: 400, Exposure time: 1/1600 sec, Metering Mode: Multi-Segment, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: January 9, 2009, 12:10 pm
ImageID:1080537, Image size: 1213 x 809 pixels
I think you're right Roy, they are Sanderlings. Great picture, they are not easy to capture in flight.
They are sanderlings....calidris alba Roy. The whiteness of the head and belly confirm this, as does the shape of the tail. The only similar bird is the knot, but it flies with its' tail fanned and has different wing patterns.
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