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.


Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus with a blow, black and white sepia

I decided to take one more survey of my images for my trip from San Diego down the Baja on the Pacific side and into the Gulf of California. I have posted numerous pictures on my Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/myer.photobee1/?ref=bookmarks.

I came across images of Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus), also known as the grampus which is the name of its genus. My first encounter with a grampus was in Rudyard Kipling, “Captains Courageous:
Where Harvey and Dan were cleaning up after the crew finished filleting the cod. Harvey was costing over the side the fish offal, and a grampus came up alongside the boat. Dan explained what a grampus was to Dan.

Risso’s dolphins are found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters, usually in deeper waters, but close to land. They feed mostly on squid. They will travel typically in groups of anywhere from 10-51. But, occasionally in super ports that can go up to a few thousand individuals.

Besides the individuals that ice found in the Pacific Ocean off the Baja, I have also seen them on Stellwagon Bank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts.

A pod of Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus

Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus with a blow

Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus diving