Actitis hypoleucos Scolopacidae
Though the Common Sandpiper migrates thousands of kilometres every year, the species’ flight while on migration is quite different from when it is in Australia. On migration they fly swiftly and strongly, but in Australian wetlands their flight is quite different, comprising bursts of shallow fluttering interspersed with short pauses where the bird glides on down-curved wings. Usually level and just above the water or mud, these flights are concluded with a long glide, a sudden turn and a final flutter, then wagging its back-end upon landing.
n Australia, the Common Sandpiper is found in coastal or inland wetlands, both saline or fresh. It is found mainly on muddy edges or rocky shores. During the breeding season in the northern hemisphere, it prefers freshwater lakes and shallow rivers.