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.
Each year, it is getting harder to locate the species and the locations that I have found them in the past.
This was the first image that I had processed, the rest of the images below were processed today.
What I have been finding as I review images taken in the past that there are many which I have not processed and have missed out on new photographs. What had happened was that I was out almost every day photographing, come home and download the pictures into my computer and select a few for processing. I repeat that practically every day. Now since I have not been out as much because of being ill, I am taken the time to go back and slowly review images. What also is happened is the processing tools have gotten even better and allow me and you to improve on those older images to present them to the public.
This sequence of a pair of mute swans Landing at Jenney Pond in Plymouth Massachusetts was taken a few winters ago, and until yesterday I forgot I even had them.
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