The benefits of experience were illustrated on a walk around Keyhaven with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust in 2004.

On our own, we would probably have identified this little bird, seen out on a concrete pier with a group of Turnstones, as a Dunlin. However, the assembled experts were in no doubt that it was a Sanderling.

Flattered by the attention, it then came to the shoreline enabling me to get a few grainy pictures.

In 2008 a lone bird was spotted at Barton but out of camera range, however after another three years another one turned up and I finally got some pictures that will enlarge reasonably.

Photograph (above) - September 2004

Photographs - August 2011

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