A holiday romance

09th July 2016
I recently travelled the long road back to Mull for what is now becoming an annual summer holiday treat. My main aim was to fill my boots with photographs of Puffins and seabirds.

Despite the good intentions, little did I know that I would be wooed and wowed by a wader, a charismatic and chirpy, Common Sandpiper.

Sandpipers aren't necessarily impressive in size, stature or even in appearance. Their appeal lies in their personality, beauty, as they say is often skin or feather deep in this instance.

I loved their cheerfulness, their humour and their eagerness to be seen so no surprise then that this little wader soon had me under it's spell.

All along the edges of the lochs, from dawn to dusk, come rain or shine, a resident Sandpiper came to sing to me, to keep me company and allow me to become smitten with their charm and personality.

Their song sounds like a wonderful mash up of a distant car alarm and a washing machine that has finished it's spin cycle. It is unmistakable and distinctive in tone and message.

It's hardly an amorous ballad but it is full of vive and vitality. I was completely won over to the extent that my trip to Mull this year will be romantically remembered by spending special moments with this little wader.

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