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Spotted Sandpiper Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: My usual sighting of a Spotted Sandpiper is when one flies away from me, with that characteristics, rapid shallow-wing-beat flight of theirs. They breed here and I do see them occasionally throughout the spring and summer, but I have surprisingly few photos of them. The ONLY photos I have of them in nice sunshine are photos 7 through 12 below, of the same bird at Newton Hills State Park on the morning of May 10th, 2020. It was an unseasonably cold morning, with temperatures hovering right around freezing, so perhaps with the cold this bird wasn't as apt to use energy and fly away! No matter the reason, I got some truly wonderful, close range shots of him that morning.

Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 1 - Actitis macularius Spotted Sandpiper 2 - Actitis macularius Spotted Sandpiper 3 - Actitis macularius Spotted Sandpiper 4 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 1

August 12th, 2005

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 2

August 12th, 2005

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 3

August 12th, 2005

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 4

May 27th, 2013

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 5 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 6 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 7 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 8 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 5

May 27th, 2013

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 6

May 27th, 2013

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 7

May 10th, 2020

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 8

May 10th, 2020

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 9 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 10 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 11 -  Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 12 - Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper 9

May 10th, 2020

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 10

May 10th, 2020

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 11

May 10th, 2020

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 12

May 10th, 2020

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 13 - Actitis macularius  Spotted Sandpiper 14 - Actitis macularius  Spotted Sandpiper 15 - Actitis macularius  Spotted Sandpiper 16 - Actitis macularius 

Spotted Sandpiper 13

May 21st, 2017

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 14

May 21st, 2017

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 15

May 21st, 2017

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Spotted Sandpiper 16

May 21st, 2017

Lincoln County, South Dakota

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