Foraging Solitary Sandpiper in Montana

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Foraging Solitary SandpiperForaging Solitary Sandpiper – Nikon D7100, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

On my recent trip to Idaho and Montana I was delighted to photograph a foraging Solitary Sandpiper in a farm pond in Beaverhead County, MT. Solitary Sandpipers are not that common in that area, in fact on the range map found here they are outside of the normal migration range. These shorebirds winter in the Caribbean, Central and South America and breed primarily in bogs and northern forests in Canada and Alaska.

An interesting fact about Solitary Sandpipers is that they nest in abandoned nests in trees that were built by other birds, this is a unique behavior among shorebirds.

This Solitary Sandpiper and a Spotted Sandpiper were foraging in the same pond, the Spotted Sandpiper was quite defensive of its foraging territory and attempted to chase off the Solitary Sandpiper several times.



  1. Utahbooklover August 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Left my iPad in Bountiful, so I’m catching up on email on my wife’s laptop. This image is simply wonderful and looks beautiful in widescreen.

  2. Dave Sparks August 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I had mentally composed the comments to type, but Lois and Patty beat me to it. I will add, being able to see the bottom of the pond.

  3. Lois Bryan August 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Wonderful wonderful reflection and love those water droplets!!

  4. Elephant's Child August 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Echoing Patty.

  5. Stu August 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Really like this photo.

  6. Jolanta August 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Great reflection! Beautiful photo 🙂

  7. Patty Chadwick August 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    What a beautiful,beautiful shot!!! Love it!!! The bird itself, the reflection, the swirl of the water and the spot on composition!!!

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