There are some species of birds that have the appearance and behaviour of having been designed by a committee of civil servants. The mesites of Madagascar constitute one such example. However, there is another.
|Maggie's photograph of the Tuamotu Sandpiper
Since returning to UK I have been keeping an eye on reports of research on this species in Tahanea and elsewhere, while also wondering what this bird’s salt gland would be doing in this habitat.
|Tahanea - showing the scrubby vegetation to the right where the Tuamotu Sandpiper was found; the lagoon is on the left.
Birdlife International - Tuamotu Sandpiper
Reports and Press Reports on Marie-Hélène Burle's Research
Brent Stephenson's Blog
Simon Boyes's Website
Noble Caledonia Website