Solitary Man...

Good morning everyone. Nothing special today except a rare visitor to "the pond across the street". While photographing dragonflies I came across this Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria). It's a relatively small bird at about 7 inches (18 cm) long with a distinctive eye-ring.


With the drought "the pond across the street" has been attracting birds it otherwise doesn't when at a normal water level. Actually, with a normal water level this bird could never wade where it was in the above pic. The water would be too deep.


The pic posted in the comment section was taken in a prior year at a different pond. I thought I would add it to give a better view of this pretty freshwater wading bird. I also added a pic of the aquatic flowers seen in the reflection in the above background in case anyone was wondering what they were. While I see this plant at a number of other local ponds, until this year I've never seen it growing at "the pond across the street". My guess is as with the Sandpiper, the drought has something to do with it suddenly and strangely appearing.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly great day and weekend.




ISO400, aperture f/8, exposure .008 seconds (1/125) focal length 260mm



  • Bill 3y

    Great capture. I love the reflection in the first shot.
  • ironwalker 3y

    Excellent photography here. Wonderfu captures Lacey. You have a nice weekend!
  • Vicki DeLoach 3y

    pretty Sandpiper! Hope you get that good downpour.
  • pieceoflace photography 3y

    Good early morning Bill, Albert and Vicki...thank you and I hope you have a truly nice weekend.
  • Niveditha Prakash 3y

    Hello Lacey... and a very good morning to you. How are you? I hope you are doing good. Excellent shots of the Solitary Sandpiper and the Creeping water Primrose. It is surprising that you are finding birds that are usually not seen at the "pond across the street"... like you say, it must be the effect of the ongoing drought there. Great details ans perspective. The exposure on the flower is perfect since, yellow can easily appear overexposed particularly when it is hot and sunny. Thanks for sharing and thank you also for an informative text which made an interesting read. I hope you are well today and I wish you a truly great day. 8:15 PM here and I am glad weekend is here, since it's been a busy week... in a nice way... It going to remain this way for me since I have big goals to achieve and I should remain focused and motivated. Enjoy your day, take care! :-)
  • asparks306 3y

    very nice captures!
  • In2it2 3y

    Back again and so nice to see Mr. Solitary Man; thought he looked most "regal" in the second capture....nice one! Hope you are having a great weekend
  • Photo Zed 3y

    very beautiful
    We are still on vacation and will view your other photos soon..
  • pieceoflace photography 3y

    Hello Niveditha...thank you and sorry for my late response to you nice comment. Doingfine as i hope you are in spite of being very busy. Life seems to be hectic for you lately, which can be good as long as it's a good kind of busy.

    Thank you kindly Allen.

    Thank you Mr. J...and welcome back.

    Thank you Zed...and it's nice to hear from you while on vacation. I hope it is a fun one for you.
  • Vicki DeLoach 3y

    Happened to see the nat'l weather last night, and it looked like you were getting some pretty serious storms. Hope so. Gotta go find a new shot to put up.
  • pieceoflace photography 3y

    Good morning Vicki...missed us almost entirely. Stayed north of here...all we got so far was a sprinkle this morning. Northern part of the state has been fine...the southern half, paticularly the southwestern section, where we're located has been severely dry for months now. Hubbie was saying just this morning over espresso how he's never seen the yard and pond across the street look so bad.
  • Vicki DeLoach 3y

    So sorry those storms missed you .... hope they at least helped some reservoirs. You all are getting what TX got (or didn't get) for a year or two. Ironically it never gets as hot down South as it gets up North and out West.
  • pieceoflace photography 3y

    Bright and sunny here Vicki...the light sprinkle earlier this morning is all we got in the way of rain. While we typically get some pretty hot weather during the summer, I've never seen it this hot and especially this dry. If it keeps up it'll definitely be a reocod breaking summer in more ways than one.
  • Trish Overton 3y

    A very cool bird to find, Lacey!!
    We've had rain twice this week; what about you? It sounds as though it's all missed you.
  • djozcouple ( Catching Up ) 3y

    Good evening to you over there Lacey.
    The blending of the reflections of the flowers creates a pretty backdrop for this wader.
    Great title as he walks alone. Love the that from him plonking his big feet into the water? Have a great week ahead.
  • pieceoflace photography 3y

    Thank you Trish...and the only rain we've had was a sprinkle early Sunday morning. That's been it unfortunately.

    Good evening to you Dale...thank you and the bubbles came from when it plunked its bill in the water in search of a meal in the muddy bottom.
  • ADAM 1801 3y

    Excellent shot, perfect title, love the background in the upper part of the photo!
  • halifaxlight 3y

    wonderful wading bird but I especially love that green and gold reflection
  • djozcouple ( Catching Up ) 3y

    Ahhhh.....thanks Lacey. :-)
  • birdrman 3y

    Great capture!
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Taken on July 26, 2012
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