January 26, 2011
snaps huge flock of 5,000 wading birds at Brean
local wildlife photographer captured this wonderful scene at Brean
this week when a huge flock of several thousand wading birds passed
through the area.
Paul Bowyer photographed the flock of approximately 5,000 Dunlins
at high tide on Tuesday (January 25th).
"I used dot counting computer software on several photos
to come up with the figure of 5,000, but the flock looked to be
more like 6-7,000," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Dunlins are frequently seen during the winter months, feeding
in large flocks, before roosting on fields, marshes and on the
shore when the tide is high. The birds breed in northern Scandinavia
and Russia and arrive in the UK each autumn before heading back
to their breeding grounds in the spring.