So I was very happy when I got my new camera last week. It allows me to take better photos of waders. The one below is a wood sandpiper taken at Old Marj.
wood sandpiper at Old Marj
Even though the above bird doesn't have the usual long supercilium, it is clearly a wood sandpiper as the details in the photo show (colour of legs, colour of wings and white spots on wings as well as general shape).
possible temminck's stint with wood sandpiper
My third tip is to view and photograph a rarer bird against a known one. This was really helpful this week.
I was tracking a bird at Old Marj with my binoculars which looked a bit like the tens of dunlin present but it was very noticeably smaller. Furthermore it wasn't flocking with them.
Seeing it next to a wood sandpiper (see above photo), it couldn't possibly be a dunlin which is 95% of the size of a wood sandpiper. It had to be a stint - either little stint or temminck's stint.
In fact it is obviously so small that temminck's stint looks the better choice particularly if you also take into account that its shape is consistent too.
And one of my two expert friends also thinks it might be the better call too.
Temminck's stint has been seen in very small numbers in Libya by the UN wetlands winter count in the past.
I am keen for everyone to know that it you can see it here as well as in Egypt!
To finish off the blog I would like to report for the record that I have also seen ringed plover at Old Marj to add to the growing list of waders you can see there.
juvenile ringed plover
Tomorrow I will report on my trip today near Tripoli. I can promise you there are some wonderful birds to see.