Two purple sandpipers on Maer Rocks this evening - masters of camouflage.
I don't think I'll ever get a good photo of a purple sandpiper in Exmouth. The best time to get them is late in the day, when the weather is foul. This combination of timing and conditions is necessary, because if it's dry and the light is any good, Maer Rocks is usually crawling with people scouring the rock pools or just slipping around. This evening, after work, it was raining steadily, cold and nearly dark. There were very few people on the beach and none on the rocks which is just what you need. The camouflage of these birds is absolutely superb and they can be quite easily overlooked. Also on the rocks this evening were 5 dark-bellied brent geese, 1 curlew and about half a dozen turnstone.