I spent a winter's afternoon photographing the antics of a group of Sanderlings (Calidris alba) slipping and sliding off the beach rocks, running on the beach sand and feeding on snails in the surf.
Sanderling With Snail
A Sanderling (medium sized sandpiper) pulls a snail from its shell.
A Sanderling (Calidris alba) lost its footing and slid down the rock.
Sanderling on the Beach in Winter
Sandpiper on Beach Rock
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
These Sanderlings (Calidris alba) were feeding on the beach when suddenly one of the Sanderlings turned on the other Sanderling. It was over in seconds and both continued on down the beach.
A Sanderling (Calidris alba) feeding on the beach.