Monday, May 28, 2012

Photo Study of Semipalmated Sandpipers at Kimble's Beach, NJ

By Luke Musher
As you may know we've been banding lots of Semipalmated Sandpipers, so naturally I've had a lot of opportunities to photograph them.  Here are some recent photos I took at Kimble's Beach in Cape May county, while banding some Semis caught in cannon nets by the international shorebird team earlier this week.
With a Ruddy Turnstone.
Eating tasty horseshoe crab eggs

The word semipalmated means partially webbed.  Here you can see the webbing in between their toes.


  1. Ya'know, I never questioned why they were called semipalmated nor did I really even think about it, but now thanks to you and that very clear photo, light bulb! Duh, French. haha ;)

    Oh I also enjoyed your educational post. The flags are a great marker to use. I like how the colors refer to different banding locations. Really neat.

    1. Thanks French. Yeah, half-palm, kind of cool to see because it's hard to see unless you have the bird in the hand.