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Purple Sandpiper, Calidris maritima - 2 - Svalbard

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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.

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.



Picture copyright Niall Ward

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