The sanderling is a fearless shore bird.

To prevent flooding and help spawning fish during the rainy season, bulldozers cut a channel to allow the Carmel River to flow into the Pacific Ocean. The result is a rushing river that doesn’t bother the sanderling. These shore birds stand confidently on slippery rocks while combing the water for food.

In a few months this channel will be gone, replaced by a sandy beach.

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