11/02/2013 Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB

Spotted Redshank: There has been up to 5 spot reds at BMW for the past few weeks now, these are lovely slender waders which unlike their Redshank cousins feed on fish, as this pic shows.

They have the most distinctive feeding pattern, theses tall birds will wade out in to deeper water with their heads constantly low down in the water, they will upend themselves to reach deeper water while paddling! When they catch a fish they will wade to the waters edge and gobble the fish whole! Brilliant behaviour to see, and a good guide to identifying them.