Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Fastidious Dunlin

Dunlin Carrying Slipper Shell Snail
Today, it was a beautiful day.  Even though the temperature was in the 30s, but there was no wind.  We traveled down to Gooseberry where the main species that we saw were Dunlins.  The Dunlins were either feeding, along the water line or in the wrack or higher on the beach in the sand where they were investigating slipper shells that got washed up and found the snails that live in the slipper shells.  Some Dunlins were just resting in the sun and getting warm.

One of the Dunlins that was feeding higher on the beach in the sand was very fastidious.  It would pull a snail out of the slipper shell, and if the snail was covered with sand, before eating the snail, the Dunlin would take the snail in its beak and run down to the water, where it would wash the sand off the snail before eating it.
Dunlin Carrying Slipper Shell Snail
Dunlin Carrying Slipper Shell Snail
Dunlin Watching the Slipper Shell Snail in the Water
Dunlin Watching the Slipper Shell Snail in the Water
Dunlin Watching the Slipper Shell Snail in the Water
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