Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

This common summer migrant can be seen throughout south africa at wetlands and along the coast. Its white shoulder patch and prominent white wingbar make it easy to distinguish from wood and green sandpipers.

We first recorded this “gewone ruiter” in September 2010 while visiting Ndumo Game Reserve for the first time.


Common Sandpiper / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Common Sandpiper / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Kanani House, Watamu, Kenya Common Sandpiper / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Common Sandpiper / Kanani House, Watamu, Kenya
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