Spot the Sandpiper on the Seawall

Spotted Sandpiper on a seawallSpotted Sandpiper on a seawall – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

It really isn’t too hard to spot this Spotted Sandpiper on the seawall, I just thought it was a catchy title. I  saw my FOY (first of year) Spotted Sandpiper this past week and that got me excited. I was able to get close up images of them in Florida during the winter but still haven’t gotten images I can be proud of with them in breeding plumage. They are back though and that gives me hope.

The image above was taken at Fort De Soto County Park towards the end of January 2009, there is a lagoon that has some rip rap type of seawall and I would find Spotted Sandpipers there until around the end of March or beginning of April.

These sandpipers have the funniest little butt-bobbing walk and yesterday I found a video that shows that butt-bobbing well, you can view it here. Let me know if you think that is the cutest walk you have seen for a sandpiper! I sure think they do.


I am behind on commenting on everyone’s blogs and behind on replying to the wonderful comments you have made on my posts, I keep thinking I will get caught up and the more I think that the behindier I get. I’m trying though.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


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  2. Thanks for the comments on this Spotted Sandpiper image, I am very pleased with how it came out.

    Seagull, this bird was dangerous, it was melting my face!

  3. Catchy title indeed! LOL I think my shorebirds are going to be limited this year unless I go elsewhere looking for them. They filled the reservoir so full there IS no shore for them. Hmmmm Road Trip! LOL

  4. Fantastic Sandpiper image, cheers Mia.

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Dear Mia, I’d rather have you photographing your wonderful shots than answer my comments.
    I have to thank you for that great link … I made a shortcut so I could visit that site again for birding info. I wonder what that bobbing does for the bird??? It’s so constant! I’ll bet there’s an interesting reason for it somewhere. I, for one, am so very grateful for all the information you do have time to share… In gratitude, Merrill

  6. I can’t say that this bird is facemelting…but lord did you CRUSH it. Well done! I have yet to get a Spotted Sandpiper shot I’m happy with, let alone one natty geo quality like this.

  7. cute bird, and very good picture, thanks mia
    have a nice day ☼

  8. Jane Chesebrough

    The video is a good reminder about the behaviour that identifies this bird, also the curve of white at the top of the wings that looks like a “C”.(backwards or forwards, whichever side you are looking at).I will check out the river maybe even today as I have an idea where to find them.

  9. I watched the video and totally agree that this little bird is the cutest thing!

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