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.
Good morning to everyone. I want to welcome all the new readers of my blog.
Since I am not quite up to my full health and have not been out photographing, I have been reviewing older images. I am now working in the year 2010. What has helped is viewing the photographs at the full-screen mode rather than a thumbnail. Also, with all the recent updates to LightRoom, Photoshop, NIK plug-in, Topaz, and a few others. Topaz has added artificial intelligence to a number of their plug-ins which also work as a standalone. Sharpening Pro has helped improve the number of images. Also, I have employed multiple settings that I have learned through the web from various photographers. I have utilized their information to help me create my own sets of plug-ins and actions. A majority of my actions have a stop after each step so I can modify the output.
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Here is an image of a blue flag Iris on which I noticed 2 insects. After searching my field guides, I concluded they belonged to the insect family Syrphidae and are called hoverflies. Because of their brightly colored with sports stripes and bands a yellow they are often mistaken for wasp or bees. They are harmless to humans. The adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen while there live I ate a wide range of foods including aphids.