Wonderful Waders Of The World To Celebrate Waders Of The World Weekend

The Southern Lapwing this one photographed in Ushuaia, Argentina November 2019.

We love waders, aka shorebirds, and have been lucky enough to encounter a good few on our travels, many species enjoyed here in the UK as we are a bit of a wader crossroads. In Britain it is possible to enjoy not only our own waders but vagrants from across the Atlantic, from Europe, Africa and Asia a wonderful mix of these amazing long distance migrants that can pop up and make your day! Even here in Llandudno, North Wales we can find wonderful waders within walking distance of home, this month we have enjoyed beautiful Dotterel as they paused on their way north, wintering Turnstones on Llandudno Pier, migrant Golden Plover, Common Snipe and Whimbrel on the Great Orme and our wonderful resident Eurasian Oystercatchers. Waders really do lift the spirts in these dark lockdown days and their amazing globe-trotting migrations are a source of awe and wonder. So to celebrate Waders of the World Weekend here are some of the waders that have thrilled us and brought joy to us we hope you enjoy them!

Blackish Oystercatchers also from our recent trip to Ushuaia in Argentina.

A species you don't often see photographs of - South American Snipe.

A shocker of a photo, sorry, but a mega wader - Magellanic Plover also Argentina.

Of course we enjoy waders wherever we go and we have been lucky enough to visit Thailand where it is possible to see one of the most charasmatic waders on the planet - Spoon-billed Sandpiper! The slatpans where a tiny number of these fantastic little waders winter are a paradise if you love waders, thousnads and thousnads of waders winter here and it is just mind-blowing to witness the abundance and variety of species on offer. Scanning these moving carpets of birds looking for odd man out is a thrill never to be forgotten and as addictive as any drug with even higher highs when you hit the jackpot!

Spoonbilled Sandpiper Thai 1

The Holy Grail of waders the amazing Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Not long after seeing our first Spoon-billed Sandpier we found this Long-billed Dowitcher in Thailand!

This might look like a load of grey birds, and yes they are, Great Knot, all of them!

Closer to home it is possible to witness amazing wader watching we are so lucky in the UK that we have some wonderful estuaries that support vast numbers of waders. A winter trip to Norfolk should always include a visit to the RSPB reserve at Snettisham on The Wash - a vast estuary that attracts vast numbers of birds. To be in position before first light and watch the tide pushing the huge flocks of waders closer and closer as dawn breaks is one of the wildlife experiences. As the mudflats vanish under the rising tide the swarm of waders is forced to take flight and perform an airiel ballet for the open-mouthed watchers. It really is breath-taking, nature at its most spectacular!

Knot mass Oct 2016 3

Knot mass Oct 2016 4

Knot mass Oct 2016 9

Knot arrive 1

If you ever have the chance go and see this photographers can't do it justice.

Buff breasted Sandpipers 1

Waders by the thousands are spectacular but two can be sueprb - Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Scotland.

Lapwing adult May 2015

If we are talking waders then the Northern Lapwing has to be here just stunning!

And of course our most recent wonderful wader encouter - Dotterel May 2020.

Waders really are wonderful and they occur all over the world so get and enjoy your waders where and when you can! And take a moment to ponder their amazing migrations that span the globe and need wetlands to refuel, to breed and winter in, we need to look after our wetlands for our waders.

If you use Twitter there is a #wadersoftheworldweekend with loads of amazing images of wonderful waders check it out! Lots more blogs to come soon so please chech back, thanks.

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