The Common Sandpiper
As I’m living close to a river, every day there is something to find, see or hear. One of the “something” is the Actitis hypoleucos…, the common sandpiper.
The common sandpiper breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia and migrates to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia in winter. In the Netherlands, this little bird is on the red list which means that this bird is about to disappear. (or already disappeared from the Netherlands) It seems that in the Netherlands only a 10 – 30 pairs stay to build a nest.
Sometimes I hear the sound of this small bird when I take Yaz out for her daily walks.
The sound, during sunset or sunrise, is for me absolutely wonderful.
When I see them, they’re flying in small flocks, low over the water surface.
Most of the time I have the camera ready but these little creatures are quick and so small and therefore difficult to find on the rocks or to follow when I have them in sight.
Last Tuesday I took Yaz for a walk, camera ready. Suddenly I heard that beautiful sound again and I saw 2 of these little creatures flying, away from me, down the river shoreline!!
One of the common sandpipers landed not far away from where I was, so… Finally, it’s time to do some photographic hunting.
O, I had Yaz with me right? She listens very well but what to expect from a 3 years old Flat-coated retriever. Indeed, she has carrots in her ears most of the time.
O yes, she will listen after she has done her thing. Whatever that is…
This time I ordered her to stay on her spot and lay down.
Accordingly, I sneaked closer and closer, taking photos when I could.
When I was looking, where Yaz supposed to be, about 30 yards away back… Guess what. She was still there where she ordered her to stay! I only saw a small part of her head and fluffy ears.
When I signaled her to come over to me there wasn’t any dirt filling the sky.
Normally she is a little canon. Now, she approached very carefully, staying low, until she reached me.
Just a hand signal and she stayed.
Eventually, she did amazingly well.
Keep an eye on my portfolio
This beautiful bird can be found in the “Wildlife_Birds” gallery.