Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Spotted Sandpiper is a small shorebird found along fresh water. It nests on the ground. Interestingly, a female mates with different males during a breeding season and she leaves egg incubation to them.

How To Identify

Although the different sandpipers’ species are difficult to identify, for the Spotted Sandpiper, I look if the whole breast and belly have grey or brownish spots [breeding season]. The beak is yellowish with a dark tip.

Where and When to Spot

I only saw a Spotted Sandpiper once, foraging along a small pond in between Technopark and Airport in Montreal. Unfortunately, these ponds have been dried out by the landlord.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 125

  • Technoparc Montréal

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 560

Taxonomy

Charadriiformes
Scolopacidae
Actitis macularius

Locations