Markus Varesvuo - Spotted Redshank on its first migration


A juvenile Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) was wading in the shallow water and foraging for food, having landed on the shores of Utö island in the Baltic Sea on its migration journey from breeding grounds in the far north to wintering grounds in the warm south. The adults had left already, well before the summer’s young.


It’s amazing, the amount of information that is coded in these migrators; when to leave and where to go. With no adults to follow, they follow their DNA.

Location: Utö, Finland

Tags: bird photography, markus varesvuo, migration, mustaviklo, spotted redshank, wader

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