Country diary: sleeping spoonbills refuse to be disturbed

Medmerry nature reserve, West Sussex: Oblivious to the noisy geese and crying curlew, these birds nap while standing balanced on one leg, their bills tucked under their wingsClouds rise above the line of tall trees and stretch out to sea. Below my feet, a muddy channel of water runs from a sluice towards the marsh. Redshanks circle, calling “kip-kip-kip”, and two small common sandpipers – brown above and white below – bob and bow, feeding in the mud. As I walk along the path on top of the flood bank, skein after skein of Canada geese fly over my head,… Source – Full Article

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