Love in the Afternoon by rocamiadesign

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Shaun was taking photographs of this sandpiper when she was joined by an admirer. I love the expression on her face! Maybe I’m being anthropomorphic, but she seems as surprised by having company as Shaun was.

From later shots that Shaun took, it looks like this may be part of a mating ritual. I know that this is the time of year that sandpipers build their nests. They have an irritating habit of placing them at ground level, in the middle of fields that we normally would use for shortcuts on our walks. The sandpiper parent(s) will pop up in front of you and do the injured bird routine to lure you away from the nest. I’m always so nervous about the idea of stepping on their eggs that I’ve stopped walking through fields at this time of year unless there is a clearly marked trail.

Please look at this in full view to see the details better.

Photo taken in Plains, Montana (USA), by Shaun Emerson in May, 2011, with a Nikon CoolPix P90 camera.


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • MelDavies
    MelDaviesover 3 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks, Mel!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Great find and capture.

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    GREAT capture!

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    this is gorgeous…what a catch…great shot and taken at the perfect time! put a smile on my dial :)

  • lilleesa78
    lilleesa78over 3 years ago

    outstanding image!

  • paulinea
    paulineaover 3 years ago

    fantastic capture

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    Wow!! Wonderful timing!! Excellent capture!!

  • SusieG
    SusieGover 3 years ago

    Great timing. Love it!

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