A Lifer for Me – Pectoral Sandpiper at Farmington Bay WMA

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Pectoral Sandpiper in morning lightPectoral Sandpiper in morning light – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It isn’t every day that I add a lifer to the list of shorebirds I have seen and photographed but yesterday I did when I saw and photographed a Pectoral Sandpiper. According to eBird Pectoral Sandpipers are rare at Farmington Bay WMA.

Alert Pectoral SandpiperAlert Pectoral Sandpiper – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Pectoral Sandpipers breed in northern Alaska, northern Yukon, Northern Territories and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in North America, they also breed in Russia. Their wintering grounds are on the pampas of Southern South America which means they can travel up to 30,000 miles each year.

Pectoral Sandpiper at Farmington Bay WMAPectoral Sandpiper at Farmington Bay WMA – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This Pectoral Sandpiper was associating with Killdeer, a few Greater Yellowlegs and a single Western Sandpiper when I first saw it but it very quickly moved away across the shallow water…

Pectoral Sandpiper in a marshy area of Farmington BayPectoral Sandpiper in a marshy area of Farmington Bay – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 320, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

And took cover in some grasses before it flew away. I believe this is a hatch year bird but since I am not familiar with this species I could be wrong. I wish this bird luck on its long migration!

As I am fond of saying “You’ll never know (what you will see) unless you go”.

I shipped my Nikon D810 to Los Angeles yesterday and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they get the rubber replaced on the memory card door and get it back to me quickly!

Life is good.

Mia

9 Comments

  1. Humming Bird Lover September 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Hi! great work sweetie! I love all your photo’s! mom

  2. Elephant's Child September 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Lovely.
    I am always amazed at the incredible distances birds routinely travel year after year.

  3. Chris Rohrer September 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Awesome photos!!! This is one birds I don’t have great pics of…..they are always so far out. Beautiful sandpiper!

  4. Wally September 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Congratulations, Mia! Outstanding photographs! We’re just beginning to see migratory shorebirds here in central Florida. The Pectoral Sandpipers look like giant hulks feeding alongside Least Sandpipers.

    Hope your camera returns quickly!

  5. Liz Cormack September 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Great shots, as always!

  6. Cindy September 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Gorgeous!!!! Love the lighting and subject. <3

  7. Jo September 25, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Great lighting!

  8. Ken September 25, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Beautiful shot and congratulations on the lifer!

  9. Nancy Collins September 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Very nice Mia!

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