Purple Sandpiper
Calidris maritima
The Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) breeds in extreme northern Canada and winters along the east coast of the United States and Canada. It is a normally a bird of rocky coastlines so when one shows up in Texas, which happens occasionally, they almost always show up on rocky jetties. The first two shots shown here show a Purple Sandpiper at Freeport, Brazoria Co., Texas, in February, 1990. These images were taken with a Canon T-90 and a 400mm lens on Kodachrome 200. Scroll down for a few more images.
The shot at right shows another Purple Sandpiper the winter after the above shots were taken, but at the same location. This shot was taken in December, 1990, with the same gear.
The Purple Sandpiper to the left and the shot at right show yet another Texas individual, and again on the Freeport Jetty in Brazoria County. These two shots are digital captures with a Canon D60 and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4 X extender in December, 2002.