After we checked our boxes we decided to head to cape spear to have one more secession with the purple sandpipers that call the rocks around cape spear home for a few cold months each year. We knew that the birds would soon be migrating north and we wouldn't see another one until next winter so we were really hoping to be able to see them one more time.
Purple sandpipers are medium sized shore birds that live on sheer rock faces literally feet from the raging north Atlantic. They breed in the high Arctic during the short summer season up there and then make there way to the cliffs around cape spear to feed and spend the winter
Photo from here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=purple+sandpiper+migration+map&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=1MBFUauJC6mU2QXro4G4DQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=783#imgrc=vuYmUd3rdQIxXM%3A%3BA_sc-phqS2LNCM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fsdakotabirds.com%252Fspecies%252Fmaps%252Fpurple_sandpiper_map_small.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fsdakotabirds.com%252Fspecies%252Fpurple_sandpiper_info.htm%3B421%3B300
Purple sandpipers are easy birds to photograph but they are always in difficult places to get to and often very dangerous. But like any birder or bird photographer the excitement of seeing purple sandpipers is defiantly worth it.
Below are some of mine and Brads Favourite shots of the day !