Least Seedsnipe – Very Rare Falklands Vagrant

I went out just after first light this morning to see if the White-backed Stilt was still there, unfortunately it was nowhere to be seen. The weather last night was very cold with temperatures dropping down to -3 degrees and the wind picking up and swinging around to the North.

 

Next I went to the dump to see if any tagged Turkey Vultures were about. I saw tagged 123, 23 & 05 along with 35+ untagged Turkey Vultures, Kelp Gull, Dolphin Gull & 3 Snowy Sheathbills.

Tagged Yellow 23 taken on 17th May 2009 

I then went and had a look for the Least Seedsnipe & Violet-eared Dove, at first there were no sign of either but then I saw the Least Seedsnipe fly up and drop down onto the beach.

 

There it give very confiding views and I managed some close shots of it.