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Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima

Description:

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!

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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2 Comments

LauraMaria
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 :)

LauraMaria
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Spotted on Jun 20, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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