A Least Sandpiper forages in mudflats along a holding lake off the Great Miami River in the Oxbow region.
...in addition to being the smallest shorebird, Least Sandpipers are the only peeps with yellowish-green legs.
...here he is in a characteristic posture where he is dipping forward with a sharp bend in his legs.
…it’s amazing how the glimmer of a small flock of tiny birds across the water can make your heart jump. I don't get to see these tiny birds very often, so I was really excited when they came into view. I mostly bird the Little Miami River, which lacks the mudflats the Least Sandpipers love. I really enjoyed canoeing the Great Miami River. We went all the way to Indiana, and I saw much of the Oxbow region. I can already tell I will be returning to this area a lot. Photographing birds from a canoe is fun--a lot different from the stability of land, and even though these photos aren't that great, I would never have gotten this close sneaking up through the woods!