Purple Sandpiper, Calidris maritima - 2 - Svalbard

Svalbard / Spitsbergen pictures, travel in the Arctic

Apparently these birds have a purplish tinge on their upper feathers which is why they get their name though I can't see it myself, maybe it was the wrong time of the year.

As far as I'm concerned they are most notable for having a name that sounds amusing when said out loud in a comedy French accent. In fact it became a bit of a game and ended with the phrase "I poo poo your pair of purple sandpipers" -  ok, maybe you had to be there.

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