Little Stint

Calidris minuta

This abundant summer visitor comes in a variety of plumages and can be very difficult to separate from its much rarer cousins; red-necked, temminck’s and long toed. Travelling all the way from Norway and Siberia these little guys arrive in southern Africa around August and leave towards the end of February and during March.

We first recorded this little wader in June 2010 while visiting Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel, south east of Gauteng. Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve and Kgomo Kgomo (during the wet season) are two other good spots to see and photograph this species.


Little Stint / Umngazi River Bungalows, Eastern Cape, South Africa / August 2016 Little Stint / Umngazi River Bungalows, Eastern Cape, South Africa / August 2016 Little Stint / Umngazi River Bungalows, Eastern Cape, South Africa / August 2016 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 November 2014 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 28 December 2015 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 31 October 2013 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 November 2014 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 Little Stint / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Little Stint / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 20 November 2012 Little Stint / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Little Stint / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 20 November 2012 Little Stint / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 20 November 2012 Little Stint / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 20 November 2012 Little Stint / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 20 November 2012 Little Stint / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 December 2011 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 28 October 2011 Little Stint / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa
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