So i was now back at Ness point with my mate Gareth in tow and we started our search for the Sandpipers. And it didn't take long at all to find them.
Then it was just a matter of using good fieldcraft to get close enough to them without causing them undue stress.
This is extremely important when photographing wildlife. The animal must be of primary concern.
So we walked along the far edge of the sea wall, the furthest away you can physically be, and then approached low and slow to a spot slightly further down from where they were feeding. We had observed that they were heading back toward the point so by positioning ourselves ahead of them we were able to get into position without disturbing them and they came to us.
That paid of big time as this Purple Sandpiper walked straight past us in beautiful light. You can just make out the sun in the birds eye. (and on the subject of birds eye, their factory was directly behind me when i took this and s probably reflected in its eye too)