Back home in Britain, they’re called waders. In America, they’re called shorebirds. Why the difference? Well, we call egrets, herons and such like, waders. So if you’re in a hide (blind over here) on a British nature reserve and you hear a birder mention waders, look for shorebirds because there aren’t many waders in Britain; Gray Heron, Little Egret etc. Confused? It’s like we speak two different languages! Anyway, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Afternoon Birder, and her latest post about shorebirds reminded me of Hilbre Island. My dad started taking me there when I was about 7 and whenever I see shorebirds, I think of Hilbre. One shorebird in particular reminds me of Hilbre, the Purple Sandpiper. Here’s one I photographed here in Florida, at Ponce Inlet. Been a long time since I saw one on Hilbre.


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