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.

First Photography Session since June

New Bedford waterworks pumping station in the fog

Today, which started as a foggy day, my son took me out to do some photography. This outing is the first session that I have done any photography, other than postprocessing, since June. We traveled down to Little Quittacas Pond in Rochester, which is the location New Bedford waterworks.

Since the day was foggy, I added a +1 EV to my camera settings, because fog acts as a soft white box. For this day of photography, I utilized my Nikon Z 7 and the 24-70 mm F/4 lens.

little Quittacas Pond and shoreline and the fog

Besides landscapes in the fog, I photographed flowers, grasses, Lily pads, and lilies and processed the image both in color and black and white. Let me know which one you like the best.

Plants in the water in black and white

Plants in the water in color