Thousands of them were out in the open sea, floating on the choppy water.
Some can be seen as far out as a kilometre from the shore, according to Mrs M.
I had assumed that they were freshwater ducks. How wrong I was!
A flock of Dunlins (Hamashigiハマシギ) and Sanderlings (Miyubishigiミユビシギ）were having a rest with some Spot-billed ducks.
Kentish Plovers (Shirochidoriシロチドリ) on the beach
These plovers are resident in the area.