Last year I had a lie down wooden hide in place on the wader scrapes and did very well. This year the water levels have dropped to expose enough mud to attract the birds in, but none have appeared. Instead they are using a pool a couple of miles away that I do not normally associate with waders and they are there in abundance. Funny creatures birds! The Little-ringed plovers started to display a little and I wondered if they would attempt to breed, but it is not really suitable as the reed beds encroach too close to the bare earth where they might nest and I think they prefer a bit more of a view.

As ever lying down produces much more interesting pictures, but there is no wooden hide so I simply put a piece of carpet down, lie on that and cover myself in scrim. Even the nervous Green sandpipers accept me quickly and come very close.

All pictures taken with the 800mm f5.6 Canon lens and a 7D Mk2.

Green sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, single bird by water, Warwickshire, July 2015

Little-ringed plover, Charadrius dubius, single bird, Warwickshire, June 2015

Northern lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, single bird by water, Warwickshire, July 2015

Redshank, Tringa totanus, single bird by water, Warwickshire, June 2015

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