Saturday, September 24, 2011

Small Shorebirds Do It, Too

I have seen on many occasions, larger shorebirds with long beaks, flex their beak tips. It was surprising, but in a way it made sense with a long beak.  Sort of like the old days in the general store when the grocer would grab a can from a high shelf with a long stick bearing a forceps at the end.  I never figured that smaller shorebirds could do it, too.  This sanderling can.  Why?  Maybe it's a good way to keep from getting a mouthful of sand when your beak touches a buried prey item.

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