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Many waders congregate in large flocks during winter on estuaries and mudflats. Here are some of our favourite stills and video clips of various wader species showing their spectactular winter flocks and aerial displays.
Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) flock in flight, Gloucestershire, UK January - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) flock in flight, Gloucestershire, UK January
RF- Knot (Calidris canutus) large flock in flight, The Wash, Norfolk, UK, October. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / RF- Knot (Calidris canutus) large flock in flight, The Wash, Norfolk, UK, October. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Lapwing flock at dawn on marsh {Vanellus vanellus} winter, UK. - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Lapwing flock at dawn on marsh {Vanellus vanellus} winter, UK.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) flying at high tide roost at Snettisham, The Wash, Norfolk, England, UK, September. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Red Knot (Calidris canutus) flying at high tide roost at Snettisham, The Wash, Norfolk, England, UK, September.
Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) flying around wind turbines. These wind turbines pose another obstacle to migratory shorebirds in the Yellow Sea. Rudong, China. October. - Gerrit  Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) flying around wind turbines. These wind turbines pose another obstacle to migratory shorebirds in the Yellow Sea. Rudong, China. October.
Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) flock in flight, Morocco, North Africa, January - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) flock in flight, Morocco, North Africa, January
RF- Curlews (Numenius arquata) flock in evening flight, UK. March. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / RF- Curlews (Numenius arquata) flock in evening flight, UK. March. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) and Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) and Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March
Flock of Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa) in basic (winter) plumage roosting on a dock. Pacific County, Washinton, USA. August. - Gerrit  Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Flock of Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa) in basic (winter) plumage roosting on a dock. Pacific County, Washinton, USA. August.
Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary at sunset, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary at sunset, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) flock in flight, Gloucestershire, England, UK. February - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) flock in flight, Gloucestershire, England, UK. February
Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) flock flying low over the Severn estuary, after leaving their roost as the tide falls, Somerset, UK, March. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) flock flying low over the Severn estuary, after leaving their roost as the tide falls, Somerset, UK, March.
Flock ofKnot (Calidris canuta) in flight, with motion blur, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, October. - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Flock ofKnot (Calidris canuta) in flight, with motion blur, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, October.
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) among flock of roosting Red Knots (Calidris canutus), Snettisham, RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, England, UK. November. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) among flock of roosting Red Knots (Calidris canutus), Snettisham, RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, England, UK. November.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) and Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), flock at high tide roost, Snettisham, RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, England, UK. November 2013. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Red Knot (Calidris canutus) and Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), flock at high tide roost, Snettisham, RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, England, UK. November 2013.
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) in flight, Lac du Der, Champagne, France, January. - Fabrice  Cahez
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Fabrice Cahez / Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) in flight, Lac du Der, Champagne, France, January.
Flock of semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla), ruddy turnstone (arenaria interpres) and red knot (Calidris canutus), Slaughter Beach, Delaware Bay, USA, May. - Paul Williams
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Paul Williams / Flock of semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla), ruddy turnstone (arenaria interpres) and red knot (Calidris canutus), Slaughter Beach, Delaware Bay, USA, May.
Flock of Purple sandpipers (Calidris maritima) in snow, aerial view, Batsfjord, Finnmark, Norway, February. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Flock of Purple sandpipers (Calidris maritima) in snow, aerial view, Batsfjord, Finnmark, Norway, February.
Dunlin (Calidris alpinus) in pool on coastal saltings, North Norfolk, UK, February - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Dunlin (Calidris alpinus) in pool on coastal saltings, North Norfolk, UK, February
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) group in flight, Norfolk, UK, March. - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) group in flight, Norfolk, UK, March.
Large flock of Collared pratincoles (Glareola pratincola) taking off from floodplains, Chobe River, Botswana. - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Large flock of Collared pratincoles (Glareola pratincola) taking off from floodplains, Chobe River, Botswana.
Sanderling (Calidris alba) running along the tide-line, reflected in the mud, Norfolk, England, UK. December. - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / Sanderling (Calidris alba) running along the tide-line, reflected in the mud, Norfolk, England, UK. December.
Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) feeding by probing soft mud for invertebrate prey in damp area of deciduous woodland, Berwickshire, Scotland, January. - Laurie  Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) feeding by probing soft mud for invertebrate prey in damp area of deciduous woodland, Berwickshire, Scotland, January.
Curlew (Numenius arquata) roosting on saltmarsh, Cromarty Firth, Scotland, UK April - Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Curlew (Numenius arquata) roosting on saltmarsh, Cromarty Firth, Scotland, UK April
Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus). Tromso, Norway. June - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus). Tromso, Norway. June
Short-billed dowitchers (Limnodromus griseus) migratory flock on the tideline, Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida, USA, April - Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Short-billed dowitchers (Limnodromus griseus) migratory flock on the tideline, Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida, USA, April
Wilson's phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) flock on water, Sajama National Park, altiplano, Bolivia September - Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Wilson's phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) flock on water, Sajama National Park, altiplano, Bolivia September
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) on frosty ground, Wales, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) on frosty ground, Wales, UK
Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)  feeding on a dead fish,showing winter plumage, Belgium, December. - Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) feeding on a dead fish,showing winter plumage, Belgium, December.
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) flock flying and landing in rain, Finland, August - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) flock flying and landing in rain, Finland, August
Sanderling (Calidris alba) feeding on worm, Baie de Morlaix, Brittany, France, October. - Fabrice  Cahez
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Fabrice Cahez / Sanderling (Calidris alba) feeding on worm, Baie de Morlaix, Brittany, France, October.
Semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) feeding on Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs, New Jersey, USA, May. - John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) feeding on Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs, New Jersey, USA, May.
Black-tailed godwit flock (Limosa limosa) in flight against a blue sky, Gloucestershire, UK, January. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Black-tailed godwit flock (Limosa limosa) in flight against a blue sky, Gloucestershire, UK, January.
Large flock of Knot {Calidris canutus} at high tide roost, Snettisham RSPB Reserve, The Wash, Norfolk, UK, August - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Large flock of Knot {Calidris canutus} at high tide roost, Snettisham RSPB Reserve, The Wash, Norfolk, UK, August
Black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) coming into land alongside Wigeon (Anas penelope) and Common Teal (Anas crecca) on flooded marshland, RSPB Greylake, Somerset, UK, January. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) coming into land alongside Wigeon (Anas penelope) and Common Teal (Anas crecca) on flooded marshland, RSPB Greylake, Somerset, UK, January.
Large mixed flock of Knot (Calidris canutrus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) in flight at high tide, Steart Marshes WWT Reserve, Somerset, England, UK, January. - John Waters
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John Waters / Large mixed flock of Knot (Calidris canutrus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) in flight at high tide, Steart Marshes WWT Reserve, Somerset, England, UK, January.
Large mixed flock of Knot (Calidris canutrus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) in flight at high tide, Steart Marshes WWT Reserve, Somerset, England, UK, January. - John Waters
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John Waters / Large mixed flock of Knot (Calidris canutrus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) in flight at high tide, Steart Marshes WWT Reserve, Somerset, England, UK, January.
Large mixed flock of Knot (Calidris canutrus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) taking off from shoreline at high tide, Steart Marshes WWT Reserve, Somerset, England, U... - John Waters
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John Waters / Large mixed flock of Knot (Calidris canutrus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) taking off from shoreline at high tide, Steart Marshes WWT Reserve, Somerset, England, U...
Semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) flock feeding on mudflats, Johnson's Mills, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada, July. - Nick Hawkins
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Nick Hawkins / Semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) flock feeding on mudflats, Johnson's Mills, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada, July.
Flock of waders in flight, Japsand, Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, Germany, April 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Novák
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Novák / Flock of waders in flight, Japsand, Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, Germany, April 2009
Flock of Sanderling (Calidris alba) flying over a rough sea, Berwickshire Coast, Scotland, UK, March - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Flock of Sanderling (Calidris alba) flying over a rough sea, Berwickshire Coast, Scotland, UK, March
Bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) silhouette of flock in flight, sunset, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, November - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) silhouette of flock in flight, sunset, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, November
Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) taking to the air as wave crashes over the rock they are perching on, Northumberland Coast, England, November - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) taking to the air as wave crashes over the rock they are perching on, Northumberland Coast, England, November
Roosting flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) long exposure, winter plumage, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, October - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Roosting flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) long exposure, winter plumage, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, October
Flock of Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) flying in formation. Breton Marsh, French Atlantic Coast, August. - Loic Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Flock of Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) flying in formation. Breton Marsh, French Atlantic Coast, August.
Flock of Knot (Calidris canuta) taking flight. Snettisham, UK, January. Did you know? The red knot has one of the longest migrations in the world, with some travelling 9000 miles from the Arctic to th... - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Flock of Knot (Calidris canuta) taking flight. Snettisham, UK, January. Did you know? The red knot has one of the longest migrations in the world, with some travelling 9000 miles from the Arctic to th...
Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) and Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Flock of Red knot (Calidris canutus) and Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) in flight at high water on the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March
Flock of Dunlin (Calidris alpina) in flight at sunset over the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March. Did you know? While migrating, dunlins travel in massive groups of up... - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Flock of Dunlin (Calidris alpina) in flight at sunset over the Wash estuary, Snettisham RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England, UK, March. Did you know? While migrating, dunlins travel in massive groups of up...
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