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some days ago i posted a photo of this Purple Sandpiper (Paarse Strandloper; Meerstrandläufer; Bécasseau violet; Calidris maritima).
first time, after looking at it on my screen, i noticed it had been tagged: it had bands on both upper legs (tibia) and a metal ring on its left lower leg (tarsus).
if you look at the first post, you'll be able to see a green band on its right tibia that has a flag with the letters UAM.
tagging has special purposes, one of them tracking the bird's migration behavior.
after some research (assisted by ) i was able to contact a member of the tagging project for Purple Sandpipers, who's living in Norway. he was happy to receive my message!
after seeing my photo he confirmed this is one of the birds tagged in .... Spitsbergen.
so ! this bird has traveled around 2.800 kms from Spitsbergen to arrive at the IJmuiden southpier … !!!
(keep in mind this is a small bird !!)
it most certainly will soon fly back all the way to breed there and hopefully will return later this year ….
wish it a safe journey !!
gear: Nikon D300s; Sigma 300-800mm f5.6; tripod
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- New Dynamic InstituteEnglish Teacher, 2012
- Nelson CollegeCommerce and Agriculture, 1955
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