This majestic cliff, with its three tones of red, rises on Île du Havre aux Maisons.
Sanderling, “ploughing” the sand
This small wading bird “ploughs” the sand with its straight beak to catch the worms, small crustaceans and insects that make up its diet.
It’s entertaining to watch, as it hops, plunging its beak into the sand as the water retreats, and then backtracks quickly to beat the next wave.
At low tide, this small shorebird runs, stops to forage for prey (molluscs, small crustaceans, insects and marine worms), then starts running again. What a show!
These are not its only acting skills… If it feels that its nest is threatened, the plover tries to attract the predator’s attention by running around pretending that its wing is broken. This makes it look like easy prey.