These shots were taken this morning in much better light than in the week. The sun has just brought out some of the purple sheen on the scapulars which gives this bird its name, Purple Sandpiper. The map below shows the breeding and wintering range of this species. I was lucky enough to see this species on its breeding grounds in the high arctic in Northern Norway a couple years ago. The tour leader pointed out a favoured area on the side of a windswept mountain in the tundra, and this is where this bird will be in another month.
|Breeding and wintering range of Purple Sandpiper|