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Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
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Copyright: Akshay Harith (S_Akshay) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 31 W: 14 N: 130] (729)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon DSLR D200, Sigma APO 100-300 f/4 EX IF HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-13 10:44
Viewed: 2481
Points: 8
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus: Actitis

Species: A. hypoleucos

Binomial name
Actitis hypoleucos
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, is a small wader, 18 - 20 cm long with a 32-35 cm wingspan. Together with its sister species, the Spotted Sandpiper (A. macularia) they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Hybridization has also been reported between the Common Sandpiper and the Green Sandpiper, a basal species of the closely related shank genus Tringa.

The adult has greyish brown upperparts, white underparts, short yellowish legs and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. Juveniles are barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers.

This species is very similar to its closely related American counterpart, the slightly larger Spotted Sandpiper, in its non-breeding plumage, but its darker, olive legs and feet and the crisper wing pattern in flight tend to give it away; non-breeding Common Sandpipers also have some barring on the wings visible at close range (see image below and compare with winter Spotted Sandpiper here

Like that species, it has a distinctive stiff-winged flight low over the water.

The Common Sandpiper breeds across most of Europe and Asia. It nests on the ground near fresh water.

It migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australasia. This is not a gregarious bird and is seldom seen in large flocks.

The Common Sandpiper forages by sight on the ground or in shallow water, picking up small food items such as insects, crustaceans and other invertebrate. It may also catch insects in flight.

The Common Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

In the Nukumanu language of the Nukumanu Islands, Papua New Guinea, a name for this species is matakakoni, but this is considered somewhat taboo; usually, the bird is called tiritavoi. The reason for this is that matakakoni means "bird that walks a little, then copulates" (Hadden, 2004), in reference to the pumping tail and thrusting head movements the Actitis species characteristically perform during foraging.

Hello Everyone,

This is a picture of the common sandpiper carrying a fish in its beak.I thought it was a golden moment and shot it.I was successful.I hope the people who view the picture will critique/comment on my picture.

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Good moment, Akshay.
I like the moment: "a Common sandpiper carrying a fish".

Hi Akshay,
Opps i have posted a picture of the same bird, Your picture is much better in terms of action and sharpness, congrats,


Good catch. I did not realize that Sandpipers can fish.

- Murali Santhanam

Hi Ashkay

Interesting shot with good law POV and very nice composition with good sharpness and interesting details.
well done
PS:My apologies for this late writing.

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