Wandering Tattler - Eating Like A Bird

December 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment


They Call Me EpicThey Call Me EpicNon-breeding Wandering Tattler - Big Island Hawaii


Although this looks like a common shorebird, it’s not. This Wandering Tattler (also called Ūlili in Hawaiian) was photographed on a lava rock coast near Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Hawaii (the big island). I have to agree with another writer that this bird should really be called an EPIC bird. During summer, Wandering Tattler’s breed in the Arctic — including across much of Alaska, Canada’s Yukon territory, and also in eastern Siberia (Russia). Then after raising its young, Tattler’s often undertake a spectacular migration over thousands of miles of open ocean, arriving on a few of the Hawaiian Islands. Although this is one of the least understood North American birds, they’re also known to migrate to Australia and numerous islands in the southwest Pacific. They’ll spend fall, winter, and spring away from the Artic region and then make the epic trip back in summer to breed. This Tattler I photographed, which is immature based on coloring, was hunting in tidal pools and caught a small fish. Breakfast of Champions for a Tattler. These birds get the name “Wandering” because of the wide distribution of their species from the Artic to the tropics. They’re called “Tattler” because they make an alarm call, and may fly away, when predators or threats are detected nearby. I call them EPIC.


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More Information:


US Fish and Wildlife Service: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/hawaiian_islands/wildlife_and_habitat/wandering_tattler.html


Audubon Society: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/wandering-tattler




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