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Pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) Pohnpei Airport, Federated States of Micronesia. Apr 17, 2019 Calidris melanotos,Federated States of Micronesia,Geotagged,Pectoral sandpiper,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

Pohnpei Airport, Federated States of Micronesia. Apr 17, 2019

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  1. I'm surprised this is a first for JD, this is a common bird in North America. Of all the places where a first photo for that species could have come! :) Posted 6 months ago
    1. I think this may be related to how difficult these wading/shore birds are to distinguish from each other. Posted 6 months ago
      1. Yes, I expect you're right. I struggle with them a lot too, and in a way it was easier in Micronesia, as there are fewer likely species on migration (tough a weird mix of species I know from Europe and others from America). Meanwhile, peak wader migration in the central US is barely more than a month away, and that's going to be a challenge! Posted 6 months ago

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The pectoral sandpiper is a small, migratory wader that breeds in North America and Asia, wintering in South America and Oceania. It eats small invertebrates. Its nest, a hole scraped in the ground and with a thick lining, is deep enough to protect its four eggs from the cool breezes of its breeding grounds. The pectoral sandpiper is 21 cm long, with a wingspan of 46 cm .

Similar species: Waders, Gulls, Auks, Etc.
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Jun 15, 2019. Captured Apr 17, 2019 15:21 in Pohnpei International Airport, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/11.0
  • 1/512s
  • ISO640
  • 560mm