Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Purple Sandpipers on Dogbar Breakwater

Winter brings Purple Sandpipers to Gloucester. These birds come down from the north to winter here. I think that these are some of the toughest critters on the planet. Think about it. These little birds hang out on the rocks in the winter, making a living in a place that I will visit for a few minutes during the coldest months of the year.

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Sunday, I went out to specifically look for these birds. They were on the north side of the breakwater taking it easy on the lower part of the structure.

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This one flew over on the south side that was getting a bit of splash. He gave it a go for about two minutes and then flew back over to the calmer side.
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In order to give you an idea of what it is like out on the Dogbar Breakwater on a "not-so-bad" winter day, I have put together a little clip.

I actually took one of my calendar shots when I shot this video.

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Martha Z said...

These are great shots. You must have good equipment to get such sharp pics of these little guys.

J Bar said...

Cute shots.
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ΝΕΦΕΛΕΣ said...

Fantastic blog and images!!Congratulations!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of the Purple Sandpiper. They must be able to take the cold more than we can thats for sure.

Mojo said...

They gotta be tough if they're wintering in Gloucester. Much different from the 'pipers we see down here. Our variety has much longer legs.

Great shots as always.

Judy said...

I scrolled all the way to the bottom of the page - you have some really great work!!I will have to come back!
These guys are cute! I was looking at the title, and thinking purple? but they are a purplish colour!
When you think about animals in the cold, remember that the dogs are running around barefoot in the snow! That takes more guts than I have!!!

Doug Taron said...

I photographed purple sandpipers on the breakwater last Christmas. It was a much calmer day and we were able to walk all the way out to the end. I'll be back next week for the holiday and hope to do the same. I'll keep an eye out for you.

Doug Taron said...

Just checked and noticed that my purple sandpiper walk was actually two years ago. Post is here. Your sandpiper photos came out way better than mine.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Hi Doug, Time flies when you're out in the field. You're post says they weather was nice in Gloucester, are you sure it wasn't in June or July?

Thanks for stopping by, Judy. It's been a lot of fun. I think the "purple" comes from thier lips and toes turning blue in the cold weather.

Yeah, Mojo, the weather must really suck where they come from if they think this is a winter vacation deatination.

Hi Eileen, Yah, they must be all feathers and fat.

Thanks ΝΕΦΕΛΕΣ and J Bar!

Hi Martha, you can always see what I'm shooting with by checking out "MY GEAR" over on the right.

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Now I know where they are!!! We have them in summer time, from March to August and then we do not see them until next year. Your shots are beautiful, and I would like to get some like this!

Helena said...

Great shots! I watched your video and all I can say is you're a braver soul that I to wander out on that breakwater in the wind. :) Thanks for puttin' it on the line to get us those great shots!

Johnny Nutcase said...

awesome photos of the purple! he's pretty cute. we get rock sanpipers out here, but I don't remember seeing them here yet. cool video too, and sweet calendar - great photos in there!

The Early Birder said...

Well Steve, you promised AND you delivered. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for risking life and limb yet again Steve to bring us the video and the amazing shots. The last Snow scene with the Lighthouse and the title rolling is just brilliant.

TonyC said...

Great shots steve - puple sand is such a lovely little wader (shorebird).

A New England Life said...

So they're only in Gloucester for the Winter, eh? They sure must be tough alright! You'd think they would fly just a little bit farther south but I guess not. Sweet little things.

I remember that video from last year. I believe it was from January or February during one of our cold snaps. We all thought you were crazy!

Eve said...

These guys are so cute Steve! Thanks to you I get to see them from time to time!

Eve said...

oh and the video....you do go all out don't you!!!

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