DANK, DULL, DRENCHED, DREICH, DIRE and that's only me!
So maybe a good job we still have the second and final part of The Waders in the locker which starts with another strange and interesting family group the PHALAROPEs.
as we call them, rarely being seen in Great Britain in any other plumage than that shown above and being the most common to visit our own shores. However, the American's usually seeing them in a different light most usually in breeding plumage, quite rightly refer to them as
The second on the 'scarcity table' is the
followed by the most uncommon (rare in GB) of them all
which have been observed in the foothills of the Andeas in their many thousands!
Collectively, they are all just as happy on fresh water as they are on the sea but have a most bizarre method of hunting. Spinning on either surface like a 'top' a vortex is formed below into which invertibrates are dragged and slowly forced to the surface where the birds pick them off willy-nilly!
Galapagos - 2003
Dorset - 1985
Brazil - 2001
Stains Reservour, Surrey - 1983
Madagascar - 2010
Falkland Islands - 2007
Falkland Islands - again 2007
Alice Springs, Australia - 2008
along with a contender for one of the