Purple Sandpiper – Southsea Castle, Hampshire

Having been to see the Little Owls at Fort Cumberland I still had a little while before my appointment and so I decided to try for the Purple Sandpipers at Southsea Castle.

There were two feeding around the front of the castle and another pair resting on the boulders. I’d sketched a feeding bird at Portland Bill last month and so decided to spend some time sketching the roosting birds.  

It was surprising to see just how busy this area is yet the sandpipers seemed unperturbed by people walking close by. 

Ring-necked Parakeet and Little Owl take my year list up to 150 which is the first time I’ve reached this total before the end of February.

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