Sanderling, Calidris alpina: Sanibel Island Causeway, Florida
Sanderlings are among my favorite shorebirds. I love to see them scurry along the beach as the surf rolls in and out. Sanderlings chase the receding surf to glean crustaceans and mollusks from the exposed sand.
Sanderlings are cicumpolar Arctic breeders, and winter on most ot the Sandy beaches of the world. In the United Staes they can be found wintering along the shorelines of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts. I found this sanderling on one of the spoil islands that connects Sanibel Island to the Florida mainland.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/4000 second @ f4