A photograph of a sanderling running on the beach with the sense of movement from the motion blur of the coquina sand and the peep's rapidly moving feet.
This image has been featured in the following groups:
Scenes From A Beach,
Seashells and the Seashore
& Shore birds of Florida
Sanderlings winter on the beaches of Florida, with peak populations during the spring and fall migrations. Their non-breeding range extends along most of the coasts of the Americas from southern British Columbia and Massachusetts to the tip of South America. The breeding area is in high arctic regions of Canada and Greenland.
Of the small shorebirds - collectively called 'peeps' - these are most often the ones running in and out just in front of the waves, probing the exposed sand for food.
With black legs and a short black bill, non-breeding adults are the palest of the sandpipers with a pure white underside and very pale gray on top. The leading edge of the wing is black with a broad white wingstripe and a thin black trailing edge. Breeding adults are darker on the back and neck, with some rufus coloring, especially on the males. Juveniles are spangled with black on their backs.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
August 24th, 2014
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