Purple Sandpiper

Posted by Kenneth Bishop on February 9, 2018 at 8:06 am
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Taken on November 25, 2017 at Holland State Park, MI. This was my second viewing of this Michigan rarity, and it offered some great photo opportunities! I spent quite a bit of time with several other birders looking at all the wave-washed rocks along the breakwalls with no luck. We were all about to give up when I turned around, and there it was! It was standing on a rock no more than 10 feet from us! It stayed close for several minutes, hopping from rock to rock, and it remained there when I left. I took this photo with a Canon PowerShot 530sx HS. I love how this photo turned out! The legs and beak don’t even look real! This is probably one of the most beautiful shorebirds I’ve ever seen.