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Dunlin (Calidris Alpina) | by barrowfordian (Martin)
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Dunlin (Calidris Alpina)

Dunlin are one of the U.K's most common small wader; at 17-21 cm (6.7-8.3 in) in length and with a 32-36 cm (12-14 in) wingspan it is a similar size to a Common Starling.

They breed on grassy moorland and peat bogs and winter mainly on esturies, salt marshes and sandy shore.

Its nest is a shallow scrape on the ground lined with vegetation into which four eggs are laid and incubated by both parents. Once hattched, the majority of brood care is supplied by the male - as the female abandons the brood and leaves the breeding area.

The photo was taken on the island of Scarp were Dunlin are common, and shows the bird in its Summer colours. (The 'Orbs' in the background are the thousands of daisy and buttercup flowers covering the island)

 

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Taken on June 23, 2011