Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

This small wader breeds in the tundra of Arctic Siberia and visits our (southern Africa’s) coastal and freshwater wetlands in the summer. It is one of the more abundant sandpipers and can be distinguished from the others by it’s white rump and relatively long, decurved bill.

We first recorded and photographed this species in June 2011 at the West Coast National Park; a great spot to get close and personal with this species.


Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 25 January 2014 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 25 January 2014 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 25 January 2014 Curlew Sandpiper – Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa – 31 December 2015 Curlew Sandpiper – Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa – 31 December 2015 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 25 January 2014 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 25 January 2014 Curlew Sandpiper – Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa – 31 December 2015 Curlew Sandpiper / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 21 November 2014 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 25 January 2014 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa Curlew Sandpiper – Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa – 31 December 2015 Curlew Sandpiper – Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa – 31 December 2015 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa Curlew Sandpiper / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 21 November 2014 Curlew Sandpiper / West Coast National Park, South Africa
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