Sanderling on an Alameda Beach. Looks like he just caught some dinner.
Karen Moen - Feb 07, 2008 01:22 AM EDT
Beautifully captured color and detail. I think they go after those small shelled animals that burrow into the sand when the wave retreats. Great shot!
shutterbug - Feb 05, 2008 05:20 AM EDT
Gorgeous bird photo!
Pinetree3 - Feb 05, 2008 04:15 AM EDT
I am not sure exactly what that thing in his mouth is, but I strongly suspect is some small crustacean that is burried in the sand, just below the water. All the sanderlings in the area appeared to be feeding on the same thing. Many of the shorebirds in the area (Herons, egrets, sandpipers, and dowitchers, etc.) appear to feed on similar items. The sands just below the surface of the water, especially at low tide near dawn and sunset seem to attract many of these birds for feeding.
sparkle1103 - Feb 01, 2008 01:10 AM EDT
Great shot of the Sanderling. He is really intent on getting that seed or is it a small fish.
talsi - Jan 29, 2008 09:42 PM EDT
Nice image - I like that he has something in his mouth.
Pinetree3 - Jan 29, 2008 03:01 AM EDT
I am no ornothologist, but I believe this is a Sanderling from my Birds of North America book. This one was part of a group of about 20 roaming the shore at sunset.
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