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.