After a very quiet August, myself and Steff decided to drive down for the Marsh Sandpiper that had turned up at Splatt Bridge in Gloucestershire. Despite reports of the bird being fairly distant, this didn't put us off going. We arrived around lunchtime on the 30th and quickly locked on to the bird. It was in company of 9 Greenshank and 14 Ruff happily feeding upon a flooded field.
The juvenile Marsh Sandpiper gave good scope views and allowed it to be easily compared with the neighbouring Greenshanks highlighting it's much more fragile, smaller size, needle pin-sharp, straight bill and overall plumage patterns.
|Looks more like an artistic expressionist painting, but was the best I could manage in between distance and heat haze|