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Purple Sandpiper

December 06, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

The Purple Sandpiper is a nifty bird. It spends its summers further north and winters along our coast although some can be found locally year round. They work the kelp and seaweed attached to the rocks when the tide falls. Some folks think this bird is skittish but this is not so at all. The problem is approaching it when its feeding without falling on rocks or into the Atlantic Ocean. As you will see from the following photographs it is on slippery and slimy rocks, some even coated with a sheet of ice, so photographing the bird requires patience, slow movement and studded footware. I've gotten to within two metres of these shorebirds and they just ignore me and get on with their business.

Purple Sandpiper


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