Looks like he's hiding and maybe holding his breath.!!
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In reply to Clare:
Redshank or Ruff
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In reply to Seaman:
Sandpiper, maybe the Pectoral?
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In reply to gaynorsl:
Like Clare I'll go for Purple Sandpiper
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In reply to TeeJay:
Certainly not the Velvet Scoter at Musselburgh
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In reply to Alan.:
I'm going with Purple Sandpiper too
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In reply to HAZY:
I have no idea, but wanted to join in!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Well done to the Purple Sandpiper camp. I had been sitting on the rocks for around ten minutes when I glanced down to see this bird foraging around the edge.
His wee pal was having a nap close by, opening his eye occasionally to make sure that I wasnt causing any trouble.
Alan W said:Certainly not the Velvet Scoter at Musselburgh
Nope. I did pass by Musselburgh yesterday but I wanted to beat the rush hour traffic so I didn't drop in for a look. I think it's a White-winged Scoter but I've found that generally if I go looking for something specific I never see it. If I get the chance I may drop in for a scan, but I'm not overly hopeful. :-)
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Paul A said: I think it's a White-winged Scoter
Could well be Paul looking at these photos..but as per normal I'm in the dark.
You would be reasonably unlucky not to see a Velvet Scoter from the sea wall at Musselburgh (and they also have white wing patches).!!
The Velvet’s seem to be far more common here than the Common Scoter. I suspect that I would have some difficulty picking out a White-winged Scoter unless it was reasonably close in (and in among the Velvets). I believe the bill shape and eye markings can be a good indicator.
Mostly the Scoters seem to stay quite far out (whenever I’m there) but I was lucky enough to grab a shot of a Common Scoter from the Aberlay area a while back. :-)
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