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(Calidris alba)
Size: 16-22 cm; wing span 40-45 cm
Weight: 40-100 g


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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Sanderling at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sex unknown


Close-up view of a Sanderling in non-breeding plumage
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Near-frontal view of a Sanderling
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Here a lateral view of the same Sanderling as above
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Here a lateral view of a Sanderling with its head up
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Two Sanderlings checking the water's edge for prey
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Two Sanderlings checking the water's edge for prey
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Sanderling in flight
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]


Here an example showing that Sanderlings do scavenge.

This Sanderling was not standing where it is without a specific reason; however, the competition was strong
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

In the end, everybody got a decent bite
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

The competition can change
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]


More photos were obtained by us in Australia.

Food, Diet

Apart from hunting for insects and other small animals along the edges of shallow water, we have observed Sanderlings scavenging on dead fish (see above). Sanderlings were seen by us around salt water.

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