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Animalblog for January 22, 2012 (47 of 66) <<-first last->> slideshow <-previous next->
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) (471 views)
Leon, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Sunday 22 January, 2012)

(Photo taken 09:23:02 Thursday 17 November, 2011)

© 2012 Terry Costales
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It was odd for me to see a wading bird exploring the mangrove roots. The Spotted Sandpiper external link is usually seen walking the ocean shore. I felt certain his presence on mangrove roots was perfectly natural.

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