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Waders on the Lincolnshire Coast

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Sanderling
Another day of superb early autumn weather today. When I woke to cloudless skies I was in a quandary: follow my original plan and go down the coast looking for small waders or go to Far Ings where a kingfisher has finally put in an appearance. In the end I opted for the coast, reasoning that the waders were reliable and, if it was going to be regular, the kingfisher would be there in a couple of days.
I finally set off just after nine and was soon at Sandilands where I had seen sanderling and dunlin a few weeks ago when out for a walk and fish and chips with my wife. The tide was fairly well in and I soon had some sanderling in my sights and so did not have a long walk. It was not long before I had them in the bag. In fact a dog walker (not usually in favour when photographing birds) drove the waders along the beach towards me. There were only sanderling, though, and no dunlin as before. I decided to head on down to Gibraltar point to see if the spoonbills were still there. Sadly they had not been seen since last week. There was a good group of avocet though on Tennyson's Marsh along with a couple of spotted redshank, unfortunately too far away for photography. Undaunted I went to have my lunch in the Mere Hide, hoping for water rail. Again, no luck, so I decided to head on down to the beach. Here I was luckier and soon got to grips with more sanderling and a ringed plover, whilst down by the spit, at the southern end of the reserve, where it turns into the Wash, were good numbers of brent geese. Good to see again after a summer's absence. There were also some turnstones down here but again I couldn't get close enough for photography.
An excellent day though in fabulous weather. Now I look forward to a day out tomorrow with fellow photographers Dave and Roger when we head off looking for a red deer rut.