Sharp Tailed Sandpiper

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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Sharp Tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) at Edithvale Wetlands Melbourne Australia.
The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is a summer migrant from Arctic Siberia, being found on wetlands throughout Australia. It is also found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and New Zealand. It is a vagrant to India, Europe, western North America, Fiji and other parts of the central Pacific region.

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper prefers the grassy edges of shallow inland freshwater wetlands. It is also found around swage farms, flooded fields, mudflats, mangroves, rocky shores and beaches. Its breeding habitat in Siberia is the peat-hummock and lichen tundra of the high Arctic.
Seasonal movements

Strongly migratory, arriving in Australia in August, returning to Siberia in March, with greatest numbers in south-eastern Australia.
Birds in Backyards

D300, Nikkor 80-400mm ED VR
fl/400mm, 1/500s @ F/11.0, ISO: 400

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