Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
” The purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) is a small shorebird. The genus name is from Ancient Greek kalidris or skalidris, a term used by Aristotle for some grey-colored waterside birds. The specific maritima is from Latin and means “of the sea,” from mare, “sea.”

Adults have short yellow legs and a medium thin dark bill with a yellow base. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey, and the rump is black. They measure 20–22 cm (7.9–8.7 in) in length and 42–46 cm (17–18 in) across the wings, and weight is from 50–105 g (1.8–3.7 oz)

Their breeding habitat is the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. They nest on the ground either elevated on rocks or in a lower damp location. The males make several scrapes; the female chooses one and lays 3 or 4 eggs. The male takes the primary responsibility for incubation and tends the chicks. The young feed themselves.

They are late migrants and move to rocky ice-free Atlantic coasts in winter. Most go no further south than North Carolina and northern Portugal. They are relatively gregarious, forming small flocks, often with ruddy turnstones. This species is tame and approachable.

These birds forage on rocky coasts, picking up food by sight. They mainly eat arthropods and mollusks, also some plant material.”

Although their status is that of a least concerned species, however, the number of individuals cited has been decreasing due to loss of habitat.

Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

Each year, it is getting harder to locate the species and the locations that I have found them in the past.

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Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

This past Tuesday, May 7 we went to Jenney Pond. I was observing and photographing a Great Egret – Ardea alba at Jenney Pond fishing. What was strange, the great egret was fishing for fry even though there were schools of herring all around and swimming right by the egret’s feet.

Great Egret – Ardea alba

A flight of gulls swarmed overhead, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls – Larus marinus landed on a muddy island in the center of the pond. I was hoping that they would go and start to feed on the herring. However, the 2 gulls after laying down in the mud began a fight. I captured a series of 20 images of that encounter.

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

 

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus

In the develop module of Lightroom, I first utilized autosync so all the images would be close to the process. The images were then exported to Photoshop, where using one of the pictures I created an action so all the other models would be processed the same. I used batch automation with the action set that I created