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I was birdwatching in Workington,Cumbria,NW England on 15th Nov 2011..nothing much was happening apart from gulls so I took a walk on the harbour breakwater and at the far end I came across this lot resting on the rocks…they are Purple Sandpipers, the first I’d seen this year.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR,Tamron 70-300 zoom at 300mm
The purple sandpiper ( Calidris maritima ) is a medium-sized wading bird that is larger, stockier and darker than a dunlin. It is mainly dark grey above and whitish below. It has a downcurved beak and short bright orange legs. In flight it shows a thin white wing-stripe. A couple of pairs nest in Scotland, but this species is mainly a winter visitor to almost any rocky coast in the UK. Most are found in Orkney, Shetland and along the east coast of Scotland and northern England – it is scarce south of Yorkshire, other than Devon and Cornwall. The breeding areas in Scotland are kept secret to protect the birds from egg thieves and disturbance.(Source RSPB )

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Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhh wonderful!!! fantastic !!!! love !

  • Thanks very much Guenda

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 2 years ago

    Which Tamron you usuing is it the new VC model.

  • Hi Warren, it’s the AF 70-300mm 1:4-5:6 tele-macro. I got it in June to replace a knackered Sigma 70-300 tele-macro.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 2 years ago

    I have just got the new VC model, hence all the bird images, It is stunning as I use it on my D3 and can shoot in DX mode 450mm , you can see the quality of my images, very sharp.

    Try and get your changed for the new model. !!!

  • Thanks Warren,’ll bear that in mind when I have the spare cash

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Nikonuser
    Nikonuserover 2 years ago

    I’m glad it was the feathered kind you were watching Jamie, Mrs Ranger wouldn’t be to impressed now would she.lol Cute little birds and wonderful capture Jamie.

  • Lol…she wouldn’t mind,as long as I only look.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...over 2 years ago

    Great find great shot great info!!

  • Cheers Franco,strangley this is the last place I saw one of these over 2 year ago

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Nigel Tinlin
    Nigel Tinlinover 2 years ago

    Great shot! I love these waders!

  • Thanks very much Nigel,they are one of my faves

    – VoluntaryRanger

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