Photo of the Week: Purple Sandpiper

1/20/2014 | 0

Purple Sandpiper ©2014 Gene McGarry

Purple Sandpiper ©2014 Gene McGarry

A Purple Sandpiper pauses on a mossy rock at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the coast of central New Jersey. Gene McGarry of Woodstock, New York, shot the photo in mid-January with a Canon 7D and a 500mm f/4 IS lens with a 1.4x extender.

Purple Sandpiper has the most northerly winter distribution of any shorebird species. It is found along rocky shores of the Atlantic from the Carolinas to Newfoundland and along the coasts of the Great Lakes.

“They were virtually at our feet as we walked the jetty,” McGarry says. “The bird was one of several along with many Ruddy Turnstones.”

Read about Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Hotspot Near You No. 77

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