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Sanderling

Unread post by Rookie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I spent Friday afternon in WCNP near Langebaan on the West Coast and even though the wind was howling and the tide very far out, I managed to get a couple of phots of the numerous waders that were in the water and would like some help with their ID.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:54 pm

Rookie,

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rookie » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:53 am

6 lifers in one go! :dance: :dance:

I have no idea about waders, so thanks for the latest challenge Lizet!! :twisted: I suppose you think that I should get at least the last photo vaguely right now! :redface:

I also saw the common Whimbrel, ruddy turnstone, black winged stilts and a couple of black african oystercatchers.

Thanks so much for the input. Really appreciate it! :gflower:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by gatita » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:03 pm

We saw this bird in KTP in october. It looks like a sanderling to me but according to my books it does not occur in KTP. Any help would really be appreciated.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:45 pm

to me too Gatita, in the Sasol I have, there is few near KTP (South Namibia)... and birds don't know read :wink:

nice sighting, nice photo :clap:

will wait a bit for experts 8)
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by MattAxel » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:59 pm

@gatita Sanderling :thumbs_up: Great record for KTP!!

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Unread post by gatita » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:01 pm

Thank you so much, Anne-Marie and MattAxel :gflower:
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Sanderling

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:15 am

Although Sanderling, Calidris alba, is a widely spread bird with only the ruddy turnstone and Whimbrel rivalling its worldwide distribution, this bird is almost exclusively coastal in its southern African range.

However, quite recently we had one treating us inland at the Mkhombo dam in North West Province. Here I got a shot of it feeding with a Little Stint.

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The Arctic tundra of the northern Taimyr Peninsula is, as far as we know the provenance of probably all the Sanderlings that migrate to southern Africa. This northernmost extension of the Eurasian landmass, in north-central Siberia (Russia) being our Sanderlings’ summer home, it means that they breed closer to the North Pole than any other species that visit southern Africa.

Here in South Africa they are usually found on beaches composed of fine sand and in estuaries with extensive inter-tidal sandbanks where they hunt together for small crustaceans, closely pursuing wave action, running after the receding water to snatch exposed titbits.

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Interesting facts:

1. When at roost, sanderlings regurgitate little round balls. These pellets are composed of sand and fragments of indigestible crustacean and mollusc shells.
2. Unlike every other bird in the Scolopacidae family, Sanderlings do not have a hind toe.
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