Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Bale Mountain National Park, Ethiopia
14 January 2014

    Green Sandpiper was infrequently observed during our trip to Ethiopia and never more than a single bird at any one time. On its breeding grounds in northern Europe this sandpiper has the curious habit of nesting in the disused nests of other birds such as thrushes, from which the young birds within a few hours of hatching, have to leap from the nest to the ground below, sometimes a drop of as much as ten metres.


  1. Some birds have funny habits... poor chicks! LOL!
    I like the white dots on the feathers, it looks a bit like... oh dear! I was going to say T. ochropus... but that's what it is! No wonder I had the impression of having seen it before but it looks greener on you photo than on mine!
    They say it is common in France, but I saw it only on 2 occasions and was lucky to manage decent pics.
    Well done!

  2. Pretty smart to recycle a nest! Beautiful detail in this shot!

  3. Wish I could portrait a Green Sand like that David. Here I think they are THE most unapproachable bird. I was at Long Point in Spring 1989 and Spring 1990 but don't think I'll get there again, but if ever you're in Lancashire be sure to give me a shout.

  4. Beautiful Green Sandpiper image David.

  5. Very nice image. Your text rounds out a post I read this week on the Malaysian blog, Dig Deep, partly about the differences between Green and Wood Sandpipers.

  6. Beautiful photo of the Green Sandpiper, David.
    Greetings Irma

  7. Beautiful picture of this beautiful bird.

    Gr. Tinie

  8. Très beau!
    Il n'est pas courant par chez nous!

  9. The Green Sandpiper is also for me a bird I had never set for the lens, but keep them here in the winter anyway sitting alone .... I never see them. Beautiful photo of this copy.