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|The common or woody sandpiper is one of the many birds which migrate every year to the Indian subcontinent every winter to escape the cold conditions.|
This one is part of a large flock which has made part of a slow flowing river on the outskirts of the city its temporary home along with a lot of other species.Though over the years due to the increased pollution in this river system, the number of species and their numbers have dropped or changed significantly.
The Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is a small Palearctic wader. This bird and its American sister species, the Spotted Sandpiper (A. macularia), make up the genus Actitis. They are parapatric and replace each other geographically; stray birds of either species may settle down with breeders of the other and hybridize.
The adult is 18–20 cm long with a 32–35 cm wingspan. It has greyish-brown upperparts, white underparts, short dark-yellowish legs and feet, and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. In winter plumage, they are duller and have more conspicuous barring on the wings, though this is still only visible at close range. Juveniles are more heavily barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers.
It is a gregarious bird and is seen in large flocks, and has the distinctive stiff-winged flight, low over the water, of Actitis waders. The Common Sandpiper breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia, and migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australia in winter.
The Common Sandpiper forages by sight on the ground or in shallow water, picking up small food items such as insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
The photograph is taken in the early morning at a known water birding spot near Pune, called Kawdi. ISO-400 was used.
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- [2012-01-16 4:28]
Splendid capture, Himanshu!
Great POV and excellent sharpness; beautiful ambientation, light and natural colours; well done!
very nice and sharpness composition with great details
the colours are very good naturel
thanks greeting lou
excellent natural scene and composition, with a great photo performance!