Portrait of a Wheatear.

The wheatear is a small mainly ground-dwelling bird. It hops or runs on the ground popping up onto posts to get a better view. This bird was on the shingle at Meon Beach. They breed mainly in western and northern Britain and western Ireland. Small numbers do breed here in the south their numbers seem to increase locally this time of year. I think this is prior to them migrating to central Africa where they spend the winter.

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