Sandpiper juveniles, confirmation
Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:43 PM
Semipalmated_Sandpiper_0152o by Grandpa577, on Flickr
Least_Sandpiper_0167o by Grandpa577, on Flickr
and I have never seen a sandpiper do this
Least_Sandpiper_0190o by Grandpa577, on Flickr
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:48 PM
Thanks, psweet. Have you ever seen a sandpiper sitting on the ground like that?
Looks like you nailed all of those ID's.
Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:18 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:19 PM
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:03 AM
Most of the time I see them sleeping with their bill tucked under the wing and standing on one leg. This bird saw me was walking around and then decided to plop down after a while it stood up again, called out and after a short while flew off. I was probably about 20+ feet away.
Yes, I think I have -- you'll see it in a zoo setting, sometimes, and I have photos (not edited yet) of Yellowlegs and Wilson's Snipe asleep on the ground. I think we don't see it often for two reasons. First, we see them actively feeding more often than not. Second, they have to feel very comfortable, and having a person with binocular's and a big huge camera lens usually doesn't help with that, for some reason.
I've plopped down on a sand bar close to the water's edge and had peeps come so close to me I couldn't focus the camera. Just got to be patient and calm, I think.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:57 AM
Thanks for the compliment. I hope that someone will start a 'free' online field guide. I'd be happy to donate any of my photos. I have The Shorebird Guide and as nice as it is I find a picture that is 1.5"x2.25" that contains 4 birds can be frustratingly small.
I agree with all of your IDs. These shots are good enough to be in a field guide, imo.
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