Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/15/2013


Photo taken on June 12, 2013


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Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper
This particular Spotted Sandpiper is usually sitting on a fence post when I see it. This time, it flew down to the edge of the slough, SW of Calgary, on 12 June 2013.

"Their breeding habitat is near fresh water across most of Canada and the United States. They migrate to the southern United States and South America, and are very rare vagrants to western Europe. These are not gregarious birds and are seldom seen in flocks.

Spotted Sandpipers nest on the ground. During each summer breeding season, females may mate with and lay clutches for more than one male, leaving incubation to them. This is called polyandry. Male parents of first clutches may father chicks in later male's clutchs, probably due to sperm storage within female reproductive tracts, which is common in birds. Females that fail to find additional mates usually help incubate and rear chicks." From Wikipedia.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Sandpiper

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/spotted_sandpiper/id

Cats 99, Jim Boynton, LeapFrog, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
Gypsy Flores
Gypsy Flores
excellent--hard to get close to this little bobber
4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Lovely chest markings on this on ... nicely taken and presented!! Excellent composition too ...
4 years ago.
Chris Sorge
Chris Sorge
Wow amazing shot, so beautiful
4 years ago.
raingirl
raingirl
birds are amazing - this photo is amazing. what a great composition. the tone and softness of the water behind sets the bird of beautifully.

seen in the group Lets Have Fun With Photography
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
Love its speckled chest!
4 years ago.
Folkeye
Folkeye
Love these guys. Love watching the whole constant bobbing thing they do. Great capture!
4 years ago.
Nourel Lind
Nourel Lind
Très belle prise !
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Interesting information on these pretty little birds!
4 years ago.