Saturday, January 8, 2011

Common Sandpiper on the rocks

Came upon this Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) today on rocks near a busy boat ramp.


Not uncommon behaviour, but first time I've spotted the species anywhere near the ramp.


Bird took off to sandier stretch of shore when I tried to clamber into position for shot from better angle.


Same problem with this Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops). But it's always difficult separating them from their muddy habitats. 
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3 comments:

Mark Young said...

Congrats on the Common Sandpiper sighting. I'ld love to see one of these birds down here.

wildwings said...

Lovely clear photos Tony - we've sometimes seen a Common Sandpiper riding on the ramp of the Daintree River Ferry - they're always fun to watch.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mark: Never too many anywhere. I'm sure the species will turn up down your way some time. Be lucky!

Hi Barbara: Bird was certainly less wary than most SPs. I might have been more patient but boats and people were messing about in the area.