Waders feeding on the Waddensea.
Redshanks feeding on the Waddensea.
Waders, called shorebirds in North America . They are searching for food at low water on the sand banks of the Waddensea, a UNESCO heritage site. The yellow sand and the sun shining on the blue water make a nice contrast to the small brown white birds.
Waders, called shorebirds in North America (where “wader” is used to refer to long-legged wading birds such as storks and herons), are members of the order Charadriiformes, excluding the more marine web-footed seabird groups. The latter are the skuas (Stercorariidae), gulls (Laridae), terns (Sternidae), skimmers (Rynchopidae), and auks (Alcidae). Also, the pratincoles (Glareolidae) and the Crab Plover (Dromadidae), which bear greater resemblance to waders, are closely related to the seabirds.
Stock image by Jan Brons