Least Sandpiper at the lagoon’s edge

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Least Sandpiper at the lagoon's edgeLeast Sandpiper at the lagoon’s edge – Nikon D200, f6.3, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I wanted to take a break from publishing the hummingbird images I have been creating lately so my readers wouldn’t get sick of tiny flying jewels so instead I am posting an image of the smallest sandpiper and shorebird in the world the Least Sandpiper.

I came across this diminutive Least Sandpiper while photographing Greater Yellowlegs at a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach in the fall of 2008. I was laying at the edge of the lagoon with my body half in and half out of the water when the Least Sandpiper flew in close to me and began foraging at the water’s edge. When a wild bird comes close to me it fills me with delight and I feel honored to be a part of their life if only for a few moments.



  1. Sherry in Mt August 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Who could get sick of hummers? LOL Simply stunning image of the sandpiper!

  2. Kathleen August 20, 2014 at 5:41 am


  3. Elephant's Child August 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    A different jewel. Just as valuable, just as precious. Thank you.

  4. Jolanta August 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful photo – love it!

  5. Chris Rohrer August 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Personally any of these birds are beauties. It’s just that time of year. How could you not want to take photos of the little hummers?:)

  6. Montanagirl August 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Lovely photo.

  7. Patty Chadwick August 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

    What a sweet image! These little guys are among my favorite shore birds…Thanks…I can imagine you lying in the water for this capture….nature photographers sure are determined! I think if you were drowning, you’d hold your camera up for one last shot…

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