Sanderling(Calidris alba)

This bird has a stocky build with an overall pale body,the upper parts being grey and the underparts a bright white in color.The beak and legs are black.
It is very active and agile and moves to and fro with the waves,always keeping a pace ahead of the oncoming waves.This bird is often seen in flocks along the coast and in the edges of estuaries and lagoons.
This is an uncommon winter visitor and is seen mostly in the Dry Zone.

Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

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