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Baird's sandpiper (winter plumage)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Baird's sandpiper is one of several similar species of Calidris sandpipers.   It has a buffy wash on the head and breast, black legs, a short straight bill, and long wings projecting beyond the tail.   These winter plumage birds (probably juveniles) show the 'scaly' look on the back that is characteristic of winter-plumage Baird's.  They were photographed in southern Chile (bottom) and in California (the Salton Sea, the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, and Carmel).  The species' long wings are apparent in a couple of these shots; the Chilean bird has worn wingtips.   Another page shows summer-plumage birds near the small town of Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, most with fill-in flash (2011, 2016, 2019)