Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Marsh Sandpiper behind Ruff, Al Ain Compost Plant, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
March 2010

The Marsh Sandpiper breeds from eastern Ukraine to central Siberia in steppe wetlands where its nest is built on a mound close to water. In the northern winter it migrates to the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East, India, south-east Asia and Australia.

The bird in the photo standing behind a Ruff is in non-breeding plumage showing a very white face, foreneck and centre of breast. It has long legs and a long, fine bill.

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