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Peep sandpipers in flight
Calidris pusilla, C. minutilla, and C. fuscicollis
Copyright David Seibel, 2009 (#1114) | Send Comment

Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
Exposure: 1/1250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
Lens: Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS + 2x II TC
Date: May 18, 2009
Location: KCPL Prairie Wetland, Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas, USA

Description: This mixed flock of Semipalmated, Least, and White-rumped sandpipers was very skittish, feeding feverishly but taking flight at the slightest provocation as the southerly winds and approaching dusk seemed to urge them northward. These and other small, similar species of Calidris are often collectively called "peeps."