Red knot at seashore
Red knots are common guests on Long Island especially during spring migration but it's not easy to get close to them. They usually spend time in small groups, sometimes accompanied by ruddy turnstones or black belied plovers and they take off immediately when feel threatened. So it was not easy for me to get a good shot of red knot in breeding plumage untill I met this guy/girl one May morning on the Nickerson Beach. It was a single bird hanging out with a big flock of sanderlings. Probably it got separated from its peers by a storm or predator so it had to find a substitute company. Fortunately sanderlings are much more comfortable with human presence so when I laid down on the sand I did not have to wait for too long before the flock approached me. Red knot was there too, running, feeding and not paying much attention to my presence. It was not easy to take good shot though, since sanderlings were runnning like crazy blocking the view almost all the time. Fortunately I was able to take some shots so there are the ones that I am presenting right now. It's true that red knot is a beautiful bird!
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