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Sharp-tailed sandpiper        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Sharp-tailed sandpipers are Eurasian high-Arctic breeders that winter in tropical and subtropical regions; they are rarities in North America.   They are quite similar to the pectoral sandpiper of North America.   These photos of wintering birds were taken in north Queensland, Australia, mostly at the Cairns Esplanade.

  • Canon 7D2; Canon 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash on some (2016)