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Purple Sandpiper


Purple Sandpiper
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Copyright: Mark Mowbray (Gameangler) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 45] (702)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-25 1:52
Viewed: 3400
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
info taken from RSPB website

Latin name.
Calidris maritima

Family
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)

Overview
The purple sandpiper is a medium-sized wading birds that is larger, stockier and darker than a dunlin. It is mainly dark grey above and whitish below. It has a downcurved beak and short bright orange legs. In flight it shows a thin white wing-stripe. A couple of pairs nest in Scotland, but this species is mainly a winter visitor to almost any rocky coast in the UK. Most are found in Orkney, Shetland and along the east coast of Scotland and northern England - it is scarce south of Yorkshire, other than Devon and Cornwall. The breeding areas in Scotland are kept secret to protect the birds from egg thieves and disturbance.

Where to see them
Around the coast, particularly on the east coast north of the Humber. A good place to look can be around piers and groynes, and also on stony beaches and mussel beds at low tide.

When to see them
Winter

What they eat
Winkles, insects, spiders, crustaceans, and plants

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Hello Mark
Beautiful pose of the bird and impressive photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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