Thursday, 23 September 2010

Rarities from the sofa

When this image was uploaded to Iris earlier, we didn't think much of it. But it was soon apparent that this wasn't quite the "Common" Sandpiper it had been uploaded as, but the much rarer Spotted Sandpiper.

It wasn't in the UK though, but had been photographed in Vilamoura harbour, Algarve, Portugal, on 15th September. We've sent the details off to the Portuguese rarities committee so will update you when we know just how rare it is.

It's not often we get to 'find' and identify something like this, so it does brighten the day! Thanks to Ivan Ellison for posting this and to the News Team for spotting its true identity.

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