Redshank


Red Shank

First time I’ve seen one of these, let alone photographed it. Yet, the Common Redshank is widespread across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia.

They are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call. Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates. Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to salt marsh, often at high densities. They lay 3-5 eggs.

 

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11 thoughts on “Redshank

  1. stephenransome October 25, 2013 / 00:18

    Nice one Mike. I got my first Greenshank at the Spinnies tuther day. The leg colour is the give-away. Redshank/Greenshank…Smashin detail and setting.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 25, 2013 / 08:44

      I’m planning another trip to Talacre soon, Steve. Need to check the tide heights though because it’s got to be high enough to force the birds further up the marsh closer to the shore, otherwise they are just too far off to photograph.

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  2. vastlycurious.com October 25, 2013 / 00:40

    I have never seen such a quite little bird ! A Redshank!

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    • Mike Hardisty October 25, 2013 / 08:44

      There’s a Greenshank as well, guess what colour it’s legs are…

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      • vastlycurious.com October 25, 2013 / 20:46

        I CANNOT IMAGINE BUT HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SHOW US ONE DAY? oops : )

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  3. petspeopleandlife October 25, 2013 / 03:05

    Mike this is another excellent bird photo. Those legs are quite good looking. Those kind of legs should do any bird proud. 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty October 25, 2013 / 08:47

      Just been told by a birding friend of mine that there is also a Greenshank…could be interesting.

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  4. KidazzleInk October 25, 2013 / 08:25

    Lovely little bird.

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  5. Tina Schell October 27, 2013 / 15:51

    Never heard of this one but isn’t he sweet looking! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 27, 2013 / 18:43

      First time I’ve managed to photo one, Tina.

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