A Bit of a ‘Ruff’ Day

On my trip to RSPB Old Moor (near Barnsley) today I saw a total of five ruff.

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This is three of them. In the breeding season the male has a very prominent ruff but now only has some reddish colouring on the breast and neck.

Other waders were a bit closer so I was able to get clearer pictures.

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A snipe, generally difficult to see especially against vegetation.

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I’ve seen a green sandpiper before at this location but this is a better picture.

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Just to highlight the difference this is a more distant shot of a common sandpiper. They are somewhat different in colour but the obvious difference is the white mark on the ‘shoulder’.

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Finally another ‘common’ creature – a common darter dragonfly.

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