Spotted Sandpiper in the Targhee National Forest

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Spotted Sandpiper in the Targhee National ForestSpotted Sandpiper in the Targhee National Forest – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

These Spotted Sandpiper images are from my last trip to Idaho and were taken near a creek in the Targhee National Forest. It was a bright evening and the sandpiper was standing on the rock bouncing its bottom up and down like they always seem to be doing.

Spotted Sandpiper in take off positionSpotted Sandpiper in take off position – Nikon D810, f8, 1/800, ISO 400, -1 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

After a bit the Spotted Sandpiper flew out into the creek and landed on a rock surrounded by cool, rushing water. This image was taken just before the sandpiper flew off for parts unknown. After looking at the map I believe this was Disaster Creek and now I am wondering how it got that name.

Life is good.



  1. Jane Chesebrough June 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I love watching these sandpipers, they remind me of those birds that tip into the drinks.Enjoy the photos.

  2. Elephant's Child June 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I often think the people who are given the privilege of naming birds suffer from a severe lack of imagination, or had their eyes shut, or both. At least this time they had one eye open.
    We have often joked that the people who named creeks here were talking about what they had shot there. Perhaps Disaster Creek tells of not a missed shot, but a badly aimed one…

  3. Patty Chadwick June 26, 2015 at 7:38 am

    These are wonderful images of an amusing bird…we both wonder how that creek got its name… Couldn’t have been good. Wonder if at one time it was bigger and badder. I also wonder why this bird isn’t called the “Spotted Bobber”…..maybe those skinny legs help keep it from being washed away by the current.

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