In 2014 the United Kingdom had the driest September since records began. Even the first day of October was dry and sunny. It was a good day for staying at the seaside for as long as possible, even in the face of a rising tide.
Strangford Lough is a sea inlet in the east of Northern Ireland, with a large population of birds. Winter brings migrating geese from Canada, so I plan to visit again soon.
But back to last week; the resident turnstones (arenaria interpres) were huddled on the rocks near Islandhill as the water rose around them.
I know this is anthropomorphizing, and I know these birds face the tides every day, but some of the turnstones did look like they were stubbornly refusing to accept that their rocky refuge would soon be underwater.
Most of them finally got the message.