Saturday, 29 November 2014

SATURDAY CRITTERS - Purple Sandpiper off Newcastle Pier

Last Saturday when our RSPB Bangor group when birding in Newcastle, Country Down, we saw the Purple Sandpiper at the end of the Pier.  This is near where we saw the injured Common Scoter.  CLICK HERE to see that.  So that me people find it difficult to distinguish these Sandpiper from Turnstone and very often the 2 birds are together but not day.  So I am showing you a series of fairly close up shots so you will have no problems identifying them in the future. 





















I hope you enjoyed seeing the Purple Sandpipers today.

I am linking this post with SATURDAY CRITTERS.


Thank you for stopping by and also to those bloggers who  leave me comments.

32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures of the Sandpipers ! I don't think I have ever seen one "life"

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  2. Wonderful photos of the sandpipers. I'm not good at identifying shorebirds. I don't see them that often. I prefer walking in the woods. Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Very lovely birds. They look great.

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  4. The Purple Sandpipers are adorable birds. I usually see them in a similar spot.. Great shots, Margaret. Thank you so much for sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

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  5. Hello Margaret,
    Lovely birds I don't get to see often enough!
    Great post, I love the light in some of your photos!
    Enjoy your weekend :)

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  6. Super shots Margaret. Purple Sandpipers are pretty scarce around here and we only ever see one or two at a time.

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  7. The Purple Sandpipers are so cute, great photos for ID'ing them. It's funny that they like to twist their necks around and rest with their beaks tucked in under their wings. I like watching them run around on the beach eating sand crabs and dodging the waves.

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  8. Wonderful set. Some of them were on slippery slopes........ those little feet had to grip firmly.

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  9. Very nice set this bird also overwinters on our shores ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  10. Wonderful photos, Margaret - I'm so glad I can comment on your blog again!!

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  11. Lovely birds! You got some great photos of them.

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  12. Beautiful. I love its rounded shape.

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  13. I hear them tweet, I'm so pretty, yes pretty and beautiful, and happy!

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  14. Wonderful, wonderful pictures! I love that the beak that is so long in relation to his body, the sheen of his feathers, the yellow legs and feet. They are so puffed up, it must be very cold!

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  15. You captured those birds with a lot of skills, well done.

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  16. Hello Margaret
    I love your wonderful pictures.
    This time, I admire the purple Sandpipers.
    Thank you. I've never seen these wonderful birds.
    Joyful Advent.
    Greetings.
    Lucia

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  17. Nice set Margaret.
    Saw some of these in north Wales; lovely birds.

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  18. These are gorgeous birds ! I love your amazing shots !
    Happy weekend :)

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  19. Oh yes, the Purple Sandpipers, aren't they wonderful.

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  20. This gorgeous purple sandpiper. I've never seen it or capturing. Well ordinary sandpipers but not purple. You can create amazing beautiful portraits and drawing in his feathers is really beautiful to see.

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  21. They have such big, talon like feet and beautiful eyes!! Have a wonderful Sunday!!

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  22. Unfortunately I won't remember the difference but it is not your fault. Your photos and fabulous and razor sharp in their detail.

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  23. A pretty bird. A first for me to see this bird.

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  24. I love this purple sandpiper.
    I've never been able to photograph.
    Have a lovely sunday, Margaret.

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  25. These are great and will help me ID one, if I ever get to see one that is Margaret.{:))

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  26. Lovely pics of these interesting birds........I like the way they seem to look comfortable at such an angle on the rocks. Thanks for sharing this.

    Happy weekend!

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