BIRD SPOTTING ON ABACO? EASY! SPOTTED SANDPIPERS…
The Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia is a common winter resident on Abaco. These pretty shorebirds are only spotted part-time – in the breeding season – when they look like this…
The species sets a fine example for gender equality – role reversal, even. The female Spotted Sandpipers are the first to arrive in the breeding area, with males following on. Once a female has staked out her nesting territory, she is the one to defend it. A male will then arrive on the scene, and (if approved of) they mate. Once the eggs are laid the male takes on the egg incubating duties and the subsequent chick care once they hatch. While he is occupied with domestic concerns, the female may take the chance to play away from home and produce eggs with other males. Just imagine if humans of either sex behaved like that… Oh. Sometimes they do apparently (sources: The Daily Snooper; Celeb Shocker!)
The Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage has no speckles, and looks like this
This bird appears to be in an intermediate stage, just starting to acquire the spots
At the immature stage, these birds look much more delicate
Image credits: Tom Reed, Bruce Hallett, Tom Sheley, Cornell Lab, Wiki, Sibley
I wish my bird spotting were as good! I liked the celeb shockers! 🙂
Yes, but your bee-keeping trumps bird spotting – and it produces honey. And cake. ‘Celeb Shocker!’ shall be my new work in progress. With free sachets of cellulite (possession of which seems to be the main (female) sleb-crime, according to my prelim research in W H Smith).
Celeb shockers and cellulite – I’m thinking manatees!