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Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima


The most common wader in Svalbard. Small, stocky wader with yellow-green legs, and a slightly downwards curving beak. The plumage is greyish black in the summertime, with rusty and yellowish edges to the feathers. Really cute!


Breeds on dry tundra throughout most of the Arctic. I found a pair of these at Ny-Alesund, near the marina area.


I know the photos aren't very clear, but I was actually on my way back to my ship as we were leaving when I saw these! So was only able to get a few blurry shots before I had to hurry along.

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LauraMaria 9 years ago

Thanks Gerardo! Yeah, they're pretty tolerant of the cold, I think they stay in Svalbard for much of the year!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Nice series Laura is amazing how this birds can handle cool weather :)

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