Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Experiences with species

When Gary Allport starts posting photos in the Facebook SA Rare Birds group, start to panic, check your bank balance, and make sure you are able to drop everything and run! I wasn't in that comfortable position as I was in Morocco when Africa's first Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was picked up by the eagle-eyed Gary - I then had committed to a trip in Northern Kruger - on the plus side Gary had analysed the tides, and the two days following the Kruger trip looked to be ideal. That is, if the bird stuck around. Plans were put in place and we drove through the park, out at Giriyondo border post, and 11 and a half hours later. arrived at Macaneta. There was no sign of it - we met other twitchers, and crossed fingers and toes that the bird showed in the morning. We were in luck - a few panicked minutes when it appeared and disappeared. Eventually we got great views of Africa's new celebrity foraging in the grass. Thanks Gary!!

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Ranges: Resident Breeding Non-breeding Migratory Uncertain

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