Sighting: Purple Sandpipers

Whilst it feels bitterly cold outside to us, our winters are relatively mild compared to much of the northern hemisphere. It is this comparative warmth and lack of snow which attracts many winter migrants to the UK. One such bird is the purple sandpiper, escaping the freezing temperatures of it’s home up in the arctic circle.


Whilst taking a stroll along the seafront I came across a pair of these birds on the stone breakwaters, running alongside a long wooden jetty at the end of south beach.

Their mottled grey feathers blended in perfectly with the rocks and I almost missed them entirely, it was only when one of the birds moved that they gave away their presence.



All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2016 ©

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