Displaying/Saluting Common Sandpipers on the Isle of Mull

One of my target species of my trip was to capture the common sandpiper displaying/wing saluting. These little waders are plentiful around the coastal areas of Mull is finding them isn’t a problem. The problem is trying to catch them in the display pose  which lasts for just a few seconds.

The wing saluting occurs between both males and females. Each bird will salute with one wing, then the other and then both wings together. This activity is used in aggressive and mating behavior. Its though that the white under-wing is the attractor/repeller.

I watched it last year in June when I was on Mull and thought it would be a good topic to take pictures of on this visit.

Here are some of the images taken of the birds saluting……………..

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Right wing salute
Left wing salute
Both wings in salute
Two wing salute

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Ron McCombe

I am a full time wildlife photographer living in the Scottish Borders. I do most of my photography in Scotland in the Highlands and Islands as well as the Scottish Borders. I also travel to Northern Scandinavia, North America, Canada and South Africa to photograph birds and mammals. I organize workshops and deliver illustrated talks on birds and wildlife. My work has been featured in many magazines and publication and I have written just one book so far entitled “Wildlife through my Viewfinder” which is a collection of photographs and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy this blog and website. I will try to update it as often as possible. I have recently started a newsletter, if you would like to receive it please sign up using the button on the front page of my website www.wildlife-photography.uk.com

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