On the afternoon of April 17th, I went out to Sekinoe beach to look for some waders. There were at least 2 pairs of shy Kentish Plovers, several Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Sandpipers and a breeding Ruddy Turnstone! It's always nice to see this unique wader especially in the breeding plumage. The bird was busy feeding among the rocks which only appeared at low tide. I could get pretty close to it considering how skittish it was. It later flew out into the sea as a group of noisy young boys came passing by.
|Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage|
|There were plenty of small crabs for it to feed on.|
|Interesting to see greenish gloss on the black parts|
|A different menu, some kind of worm?|
|And of course, the symbol of summer in Japan, mosquitoes!|
Both Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers seemed to be preparing to nest somewhere along the beach. I still couldn't find the nest though. In the sea, there were still several Taimyr Gulls and few pairs of Black-tailed Gulls. Almost all large white-headed gulls left in late spring are Taimyr and many of them like the one photographed here, still retain some streaks on the nape.
|Taimyr Gull still showing some streaks on the nape|
|Probably male Little Ringed Plover|
|Probably female according to its brownish ear coverts|