Least Sandpipers

Several times while photographing along the Myakka River, a group of 12-15 small shorebirds would fly in and forage among the water plants at the edge of the river, and upon the bank. Being from Missouri, it is not often I see shorebirds (other than the Killdeer that often are seen around bodies of water), so I wasn’t sure what these guys were. A quick e-mail/image to my good friends Tom and Lindsay in Florida, and I was informed that these are Least Sandpipers (Calidris minutilla). Now, “at least”, I know :o)

Least Sandpiper foraging

Least Sandpiper foraging

Quite fun to watch these little guys as they foraged about me!

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/200 sec. and 1/400 sec.



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