I went for a walk along the shoreline at Mullens yesterday. Looking north-east the clouds were beginning to break up and the water reflected the blue in the sky.
Looking further east and south the only colors were grey and the mirrored silver of the water. There were birds strung out along the water-line and pecking in the puddles left by the receding tide.
This kind of lighting makes it very hard to ID shorebirds. Of course the larger birds are easy. A Whimbrel stands at the edge of the water and a couple of Godwits fly off.
An Eastern Curlew roosts on sand.
A Godwit wades through the water and pecks into the sand in search of food. The smaller bird is more difficult to ID.
The smaller birds further out at the edge of the water are impossible to be certain about and the ones standing on the sand and small rocks almost fade out of sight.