Semipalmated Sandpiper

Seen at Perdido Key, FL.

Canon 7D2, 400mm f4 DO IS II, 1.4x TC III
ISO 400, f7.1, 1/3200s, hand held

Any comments appreciated.

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A very nice image, Allen. I like the reflection in the wet sand. How sure are you of the ID on this guy? It’s way outside of the normal range for Semi-palmated.

Well, I originally had this labelled as a Sanderling but a very knowledgeable birder told me otherwise. The sandpiper is listed as migratory in the range I took this in Florida. So actually I’m not sure of the ID myself.

I’ll take his word for it. The guide I looked at didn’t show the migration path for some reason, but I just checked a second source. You didn’t by chance get a flight shot did you?

Sorry, I didn’t get a flight shot.

Allen, I really like the light, detail, and reflection on this one. Excellent point of view. I am much more likely to think this is a Sanderling, non-breeding. It would be nice to see the whole beak as this may be the real clue to the ID. Perhaps Jim Zablotny or Nate could help clear up the mystery…