This Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) paid Kabalebo a quick visit.
The Upland Sandpiper is a shorebird with a long neck, a short straight bill and a small round head. A northern migrant bird so it seems. In Suriname it is known as 'Snepi' and in Dutch it is called Bartrams Ruiter. Fancy names for an elegant bird.
The first time that I spotted an Upland Sandpiper in Kabalebo was on March 19, 2011, I didn't keep track of its staying back then. So I was given another chance.
This Upland Sandpiper was also spotted on the grassland of Kabalebo's airstrip. This year it was spotted between March 12 - March 23, 2016. A short term visitor so it seems, but it stayed long enough so that I was able to photograph it. A task which seems quite difficult for most of the times as it moved like crazy the moment it spotted you too.
Even though it is a shorebird, the Upland Sandpiper is seldom seen near the water but more on grassy fields or airstrips.
The Upland Sandpiper hunts for insects and larvae's hidden between the tall grass on the ground. So it will walk quickly through the grass to grab a quick bite.
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