Monday, August 13, 2018

Solitary Sandpiper

Continuing my eBird 50 bird photographs in August challenge, I happened upon a Solitary Sandpiper. Seeing this shorebird was a delight, since  I inexplicably missed seeing one this spring. It probed the shallow water, as sandpipers often do. Looking at my photos, however, I was surprised that the bird apparently shut its eyes as it made its probes. Many shorebirds have tactile sensors at their bill tips. It would appear that they do not have to depend on eyesight. The first image suggests that the sandpiper does initially locate prey by sight, since the head is slightly turned to the side.

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