14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Spotted sandpiper, Montrose Beach, Chicago, IL

There is a small strip of shallow water along the pier at Montrose Beach and shorebirds can sometimes be seen picking small organisms out of the algae. This spotted sandpiper was unperturbed by my efforts to capture its image and commenced to searching for food once it had determined that I was no threat.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Copyright: © Richard Pallardy