Trained ornithologists were at
Grenen that day. A preferred vantage point at the top
the dunes, gives a rather back-drawn, but still near
perfect 360 degrees view of the beach, the salt meadows
and the sea.
No talking. This Baird’s Sandpiper was eyed very early.
Seen, in fact, as it was coming in from the North Sea
and followed all the way, till it finely landed at the
waters edge, still aproc. 1200 feet away, and was out of
sight, hidden by a slight difference of ground-level.
I myself do not belong to the premier league of
ornithology, but I know and understand from experience
how difficult it is. I’ve been standing next to hard
hitters misjudging larger birds at shorter distance.
Honestly what would you’d done. It’s a bit of a walk.
Your decision, from what you’d seen, or thought you’d
seen, hardly at any point, as much more than a black
spot in your binoculars. Considering an awesome 1200
feet walk in soft sand.
These guys went out there, and found Denmark’s only
third Baird’s Sandpiper.