A Migrating Least Sandpiper at Farmington Bay

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Least Sandpiper at Farmington BayLeast Sandpiper at Farmington Bay – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I took the Least Sandpiper images last month on the same day that I photographed the more rare Pectoral Sandpiper and just hadn’t processed these files. The only time I see Least Sandpipers here in Utah is when they are migrating through the Great Basin hub of the Pacific Flyway. They stop on route to their wintering grounds to fuel up for the rest of their journey.

A stretching Least SandpiperA stretching Least Sandpiper – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Least Sandpipers are the smallest shorebird in the world. They are tiny but tough. This one was doing a very nice stretch on a pile of mud next to the marsh. I would have loved better light and I would have loved getting down on the ground to get a very low angle shot but getting out of the vehicle would have scared this little beauty away.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child October 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Love that stretch.
    Loathe their name. Least always implied unimportant to me…

  2. Patty Chadwick October 22, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Glad you at least (no pun intended)got to see them during migration…they’re too cute to miss entirely…have always loved these tiny guys…ounce for ounce they’re BIG!!!!

  3. Neil October 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Very nice Mia. Love those Leasty-beasty’s!

  4. Nancy Collins October 22, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Nice wing stretch! Lovely colors!

  5. Bob Mcpherson October 22, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Beautiful images Mia. Enjoy your daily postings.

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