Birds of Shore and Sea #7

Common sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos (2011)

Watercolour on paper, 210 × 297mm.

A smallish wader with contrasting brown upperparts and white underparts.  It habitually bobs up and down, known as ‘teetering’, and has a distinctive flight with stiff, bowed wings.  Its presence is often betayed by its three-note call which it gives as it flies off.