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Gallery: Thousands of birds take flight for the ‘Snettisham Spectacular’

Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. Getty Images

TORONTO –  Tens of thousands of wading birds flew over the British coast Monday to create a spectacular sight that wildlife experts say can only be seen on three or four days a year.

The Snettisham Nature reserve in Snettisham, England, lies on the edge of “The Wash,” one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK.

A few times every year, higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food.

View the incredible photos below:

Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB’s Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
Birdwatchers gather as waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB’s Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB’s Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
Godwit flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB’s Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images

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