Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spotted Sandpiper/Wild Bird

 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) on lily pads

During their breeding season - this photo was taken in late June - there's no doubt that this bird is a spotted sandpiper.  It was fun to watch it bob its tail up and down as it raced from lily pad to lily pad looking for munchies.

 Spotted sandpiper on debris

Last Saturday, another spotted sandpiper still had its spots, but...

Only ONE spot on this side

this one had lost most of his or hers. In winter their breasts are plain white,
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

41 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely to see the spotted sandpiper as we don't have them here, only the Common one.

KL said...

Beautiful photography. You have caught them so nicely. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

I just love these shots. The colors and details are fantastic. Such a pretty bird.

Sandra said...

what a sweet little speckled bird, and i wonder who stole his spots

Lowell said...

I've spotted a lot of sandpipers but never one with spots! Nice shots of the spots.

Halcyon said...

A real cutie - even with unsymmetrical spots. :)

see you there! said...

A great shot of that bird dancing across the lily pads.

Darla

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty! no matter what the season!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Is this a sign of winter arriving early EG, I hope not :)

Terri said...

Very nice- don't think I have seen this one before!

Judy said...

A very striking bird in it's breeding finery. Sandpipers are fun to watch.

Karen said...

Terrific shots, love the one on the lily pad!

Small City Scenes said...

Cool birds and great pictures. MB

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great close-ups.

Malyss said...

I don't know birds as well as you, but i think I sw those birds in France too, in Brittany. Great pictures, like always!I never succeeded to picture mines!

Deanna said...

I love seeing shore birds...they are just fun to look at!! Great captures!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful shots! I loved seeing him on the lilypad.

Revrunner said...

I'm among willets and sanderlings here on North Carolina's Outer Banks and having a devil of a time photographing them. But with any luck . . . !

Carletta said...

Love the first shot of the dancing sandpiper on the lily pad!
Wish I could get rid of my old spots. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely pictures.

Jack said...

Three beautiful, clear photos. And an education in sandpiperology to boot!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful bird, and your photographs of it are wonderful!

paul said...

Beautiful shots!

RedPat said...

Love that shot on the lily pads!

LONDONLULU said...

What a beautiful bird, I love its patterns and these wonderful captures!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I adore their little bobbing! Great capture.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Randy said...

I agree that is a beautiful bird.

The Furry Gnome said...

Fabulous photos, as always.

Leave It To Davis said...

Nice pictures of a pretty bird!

OurJaipur.Com said...

Nice Pics of Sandpiper I like it, Have a Nice Day. . :)

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful shots!

Gary Phillips said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots! My favorite is the first one.

edenhills said...

Beautiful captures. Those spots are adorable!

Nette Cecilia said...

very nice photos ,Nette

kelley jensen said...

A very pretty bird. I was also wondering, did you turn off comments on your other blog?

mick said...

Great photos of the Sandpiper - that's one shorebird that I haven't seen - and would like to!

Rose said...

Very nice captures!

Andrea said...

What lovely pictures of this sweet bird. The Sandpipers have a comical way about them that I love to watch. You have captured that in your pictures. Also, interesting information on the disappearing spots ... I love learning new things. Thank you ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Ken Schneider said...

Very nice images. Sadly, we have lost our local breeders due to development. Now I must drive to see them.

Neil said...

Beautiful photos of the Spotted Sandpiper.

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