Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 04/04/2015


Photo taken on July  1, 2014


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SW of Calgary
Spotted Sandpiper
Actitis macularius
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small shorebird
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Spotted Sandpiper with bokeh

Spotted Sandpiper with bokeh
This photo was taken SW of Calgary, on a short drive along familiar backroads, on 1 July 2014. I had seen this or a different beautiful Spotted Sandpiper there on a previous occasion and was happy to see that it was still there. I rarely get to see this species, especially close enough to be photographed.

"The dapper Spotted Sandpiper makes a great ambassador for the notoriously difficult-to-identify shorebirds. They occur all across North America, they are distinctive in both looks and actions, and they're handsome. They also have intriguing social lives in which females take the lead and males raise the young. With their richly spotted breeding plumage, teetering gait, stuttering wingbeats, and showy courtship dances, this bird is among the most notable and memorable shorebirds in North America." From AllAboutBirds.

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/spotted_sandpiper/id

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_sandpiper

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