Saturday, 4 August 2012

Adult peep show

No, not that kind - calidrid peeps. One of the many great things about birding in a place like Maine is that it gives you an excellent opportunity to get familiar with species that occur only as rarities in Europe. A good case in point is Semipalmated Sandpiper, by far and away the most numerous peep on this part of the New England coast right now. I see this species annually in the Azores later in the autumn and know it much better in juvenile plumage; here and now, it's adults that are moving through in large numbers. These up-close images give an idea of the kind of intimate and prolonged views that are possible with patience, and the opportunities for studying the plumage and 'jizz' of this distinctive peep (and its vocalisations).

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