After work today the showers stopped briefly, and after a bit of umming and aahing I decided to have a walk on Stanage Edge to see if I could find the dotterels that have been sighted there for the last few days.
Starting at Redmires, I walked up to the Edge from there, picking up a flushed woodcock and a cracking ring ouzel (both year ticks). Compensation if I dipped the dotterels… however I needn’t have worried, as suddenly three ran out across the path in front of me and posing for a couple of photos before disappearing into the undergrowth.
By this time a small group of birders had arrived, and we walked round to where they’d vanished for a better look. They proved to be ridiculously tame, unalarmed by our presence, even as we inched closer and talked at a normal level. In fact at one point two actually trotted towards me, posing brilliantly on rock a mere few feet away.
As a kind of karma for being a dirty twitcher, the portentous skies that surrounded the Edge finally gave way to a proper thunder and lightning storm and I got a good drenching, but not before I got the following photos. What stunners!