As I have mentioned before, the sewage ponds north of Redmond, Oregon are a good place to find a large variety of birds, dragonflies and other critters.
I have photographed rare birds there; first time dragonflies and have gotten better photos of previously imaged critters.
This week, I’ve selected sandpipers as my subject.
I have gotten an image of a Western Sandpiper before, but it was a long way off and not that great. However, on Aug. 5, I was able to get close enough to get a better photo.
At the same time, was able to get a photo of a new bird, the Least Sandpiper. It isn’t a rare bird for this area, but has eluded me until I found one at the ponds.
Though the birds look similar at a quick glance, looking closely will show the Western Sandpiper with black legs and the Least Sandpiper with greenish legs. There are other marks which tell someone the species, but those two are the most prominent.
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