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  Common Sandpiper

 

 

Actitis hypoleucos

(264) 20 cm; 47 g

SEXES  Alike. Confusion most likely with Green Sandpiper, which lacks distinctive white shoul­der crescent. Common Sandpiper shorter legged and longer tailed with wing tips falling well short of end of tail. Bill straight and about equal to head length; habit of bobbing its rear half distinctive.

JUV  Upperpart feathers slightly buff tipped.

STATUS  Common non-br Palearctic migrant, main arrivals Sept/Oct, most departing by Mar; usually solitary.

HABITAT  Most aquatic habitats.

FOOD  Aquatic and terrestrial insects.

CALL High-pitched shrill seep-seep-seep.

 

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Spc001

Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L

 

 

Spc002

Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L

 

 

Spc003

Boteti River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L 

 

Spc004

Boteti River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L

 

 

Spc005

Boteti River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L

 

 

Spc006

Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Spc007

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L 

 

Spc008

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L 

 

Spc009

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Spc010

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Spc010

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

       

 

 

 

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