A lovely breeding-plumaged Marsh Sandpiper was the highlight of our photo hide sessions at Turov Meadow

TUROV MEADOW IS ALIVE WITH NORTHBOUND MIGRANT SHOREBIRDS IN SPRING. Lying on the banks of the Pripyat River, a major flyway from the Black Sea to the Baltic, as well as a westward route from points east, Turov is very well positioned. We enjoyed some great early morning photo sessions in hides on the banks of ox-bow lakes, overlooking marshes full of shorebirds and terns. The commonest species were Ruff and Dunlin but with them were smaller numbers of Wood Sandpipers, Temminck's Stints and a handful of Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshanks and two lovely Marsh Sandpipers. Terns were represented by five species - the gorgeous White-winged (around 5000 of them on the first few days), Black, Whiskered, Common and Little. Jack tried another area and was disappointed with a session that only included one Terek Sandpiper! Pete and I talked about how great it would be if one of the Marsh Sands would venture right infront of the hide...

Marsh Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Temminck's Stint

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern and Dunlin