|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) is a small shorebird, 18-20 cm long. Together with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper (A. hypoleucos) they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize.|
Their breeding habitat is near fresh water across most of Canada and the United States. They migrate to the southern United States and South America, and are very rare vagrants to western Europe. These are not gregarious birds and are seldom seen in flocks.
Adults have short yellowish legs and an orange bill with a dark tip. The body is brown on top and white underneath with black spots. Non-breeding birds, depicted below, do not have the spotted underparts, and are very similar to the Common Sandpiper of Eurasia; the main difference is the more washed-out wing pattern visible in flight and the normally light yellow legs and feet of the Spotted Sandpiper. The Acititis species have a distinctive stiff-winged flight low over the water.
Spotted Sandpipers nest on the ground. Females may mate with more than one male, leaving incubation to them.
These birds forage on ground or water, picking up food by sight. They may also catch insects in flight. They eat insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates. As they forage, they can be recognized by their constant nodding and teetering.
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- [2008-06-27 1:46]
Very nice capture.POV,BG,catchlight in eyes,details,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.
Bellissima cattura di questo limicolo, ottimi POV e composizione verticale con lo splendido BG dell'acqua, buona nitidezza, magnifici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio
- [2008-06-27 4:20]
Nice shot with good eye contact, POV, color tones and background. TFS
Have a nice weekend,
- [2008-06-27 11:56]
Amazing set of colours at your wonderful picture. I like fine subject a lot, its vivid colours, great sharpness of the bird and plants images, blameless composition of the shot, amazing lighting and exposure. Perfect job and my best wishes.
excellent shot of the Sandpiper, with fine POV, DOF and vertical framing,
beautiful luminosity of the image, with excellent sharpness and details,
i love the bakcground with his colour tones, TFS
- [2008-07-03 9:25]
The blue in the background is lovely.
Well focused on the sandpiper.The plumage detail shows well.
Very good natural colours.