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Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-13 6:26
Viewed: 2072
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What a surprise…. Can’t find a photo of this bird on TN. So I think it’s NEW ON TN.

The Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) is a small shorebird.

Adults have short yellow legs, in summer green/brown and a medium thin dark bill with a yellow base. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey and the rump is blackish. They measure 20–22 cm in length and 42–46 cm across the wings, and weight is from 50–105 g.

Their breeding habitat is the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. They nest on the ground either elevated on rocks or in lower damp location. The males makes several scrapes; the female choose one and lays 3 or 4 eggs. The male takes the major responsibility for incubation and tends the chicks. The young feed themselves.

Range and migration
In Britain, these birds occur in winter in good numbers principally along the east and south coasts, where they favour rocky shorelines adjacent to the sea.
They are late migrants and move to rocky ice-free Atlantic coasts in winter. Most go no further south than North Carolina and northern Portugal. They are fairly gregarious, forming small flocks, often with ruddy turnstones. This species is tame and approachable.

These birds forage on rocky coasts, picking up food by sight. They mainly eat arthropods and mollusks, also some plant material.

The Purple Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Sources: Most from ‘Wikipedia’

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Hello Peter - Congratulation for this very first post of this " Purple Sandpiper ". Nice POV with good sharpness and details. I like its active moment. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

Hallo Peter
Weer een nieuwe voor je verzameling
super leuke vogel is dit met mooie tekening op de veren
Mooie kleuren en goed te zien van deze kant
gr lou

Hello Peter,
Amazing details and focus. The weather is going bad and there are just a few butterflies around my region. As usual a perfect shot with stunning clarity.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,
Veelsgeluk met jou nuwe spesiebydrae op TN. Weereens uitstaande gehalte met pragtige patrone en teksture. Welgedaan en groete.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-10-13 10:10]

Hallo Peter,
The details are great ..
Excellent focus, very good sharpness and light.
Best wishes,

Lovely eye contact: but, but, but,
The head is noisy; and the rear OUT OF FOCUS.
You have done far far better than this, my dear friend.
Lots of details too.
Have posted this species in flight on TN.
Loved your notes. Will give you a smile and 2 points just for and only for the notes.
Greetings from Mario.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-13 15:56]

Hi Peter,a 1st time is always a great satisfaction,especially after many years of the life of this website.An excellent capture,very close and very well exposed,just a bit oversharpened.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-14 12:09]

Hello Peter,
Always nice to have a new species, even if you have been surprised to not find another in the archives.
Interesting document, nice picture, may be a little bit too much sharpened.
Thanks for the note too.
Kind regards

Good details and excellente DOF. Bit oversharpened MF Peter.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-10-15 17:49]

Hello Peter,
Just a tad bit over sharpened, but still a wonderful capture of this first for TN. I like the way you photographed it as it was searching through the manure for something to eat, perhaps a little undigested grain. Good eye contact and photographed in it's natural habitat.

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