Purple Sandpiper

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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My 150th bird of 2013, I came across this chap on the breakwater at Workington Harbour on the Solway Coast of Cumbria,NW England.
The breakwater is a good spot for finding these waders sheltering from a strong wind.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR ,Sigma 150-500 zoom at 500mm handheld,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix
Adults have short yellow legs and a medium thin dark bill with a yellow base. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey and the rump is black. They measure 20–22 cm (7.9–8.7 in) in length and 42–46 cm (17–18 in) across the wings, and weight is from 50–105 g (1.8–3.7 oz).2
Their breeding habitat is the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. They nest on the ground either elevated on rocks or in lower damp location. The males makes several scrapes; the female choose one and lays 3 or 4 eggs. The male takes the major responsibility for incubation and tends the chicks. The young feed themselves.
In Britain, these birds occur in winter in good numbers principally along the east and south coasts, where they favour rocky shorelines adjacent to the sea. It is much rarer as a breeding bird, found only in a localised area of the Cairngorms National Park, where 1-3 pairs have bred since the 1970s. Records of breeding by this species in the UK are monitored and archived by the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.
They are late migrants and move to rocky ice-free Atlantic coasts in winter. most go no further south than North Carolina and northern Portugal. They are fairly gregarious, forming small flocks, often with Ruddy Turnstones. This species is tame and approachable.
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These birds forage on rocky coasts, picking up food by sight. They mainly eat arthropods and mollusks, also some plant material.

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