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Purple Sandpiper

David Attenborough presents the purple sandpiper.

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David Attenborough presents the purple sandpiper. On winter beaches, where waves break on seaweed-covered rocks, purple sandpipers make their home. 'Purple' refers to the hint of a purple sheen on their back feathers. They are well camouflaged among the seaweed covered rocks and being relatively quiet, compared to many waders, are easy to overlook.

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Sun 20 Oct 2019 08:58

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

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