Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

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” 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.

What to Do?

Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) Walking among the Lily pads

With all the restrictions going on and people are stuck at home, what is there to do? As a photographer, you can do macro at home, learn new techniques, or review old images.

I have been learning some new techniques and reviewing older images. I went back to the photos that I took in Botswana. I have found a large number of pictures that I have not processed or even identified the species. So my time has been spent preparing some of the images and identifying the species.

Except for a visit to the doctor’s office, where I diagnosis was just a cold. I did test negative for the flu. Because of my age, I am spending time at home and avoiding crowds.

My workflow now consists of initial processing In Lightroom Classic and followed by exporting to Photoshop, where I clean up the image. Following that, I run Topaz DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI. Next, if needed, I will run Tin Man Lee’s processes Digital Workflow 2.0 (Dynamic Tension Stacking) https://tinman.mykajabi.com/store. At this point, again, if needed, I’ll run Topaz Adjust AI. If the sky needs replacing, I utilize Luminar 4. Finally, the finished product is exported back Into Lightroom Classic.

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Young Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) fighting

Interaction of families of Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus)

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Southern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer diffusus)

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer diffusus)