Terek Sandpiper
Xenus cinereus
This Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) was discovered near the mouth of the Carmel River in Monterey Co., California on 28 August 1988, providing a first state record and one of very few for the lower 48 states. This photo was taken 2 September 1988 with a Minolta X570 & 120-600 mm Vivitar lens on Kodachrome 200 film. The camera and lens were hand held on a BushHawk shoulder mount. This bird remains the only California record.
In late May, 2012, I spent a week at Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. One day we located two different Terek Sandpipers at Gambell. The next two shots show the first bird, then the following images show the 2nd bird. All the shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens. The first bird was quite skittish and shy and the images are cropped significantly. The 2nd bird, however, was most confiding, and allowed our group to stand within 30 feet of it for an extended period of time. To my knowledge these birds were not seen after the one day.