Purple Sandpiper
Calidris maritima

f4 @ 1/400s, ISO:1250, Nikon D300S w 300mm and 1.4X teleconverter

"Purple Sandpiper," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Their breeding habitat is the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. They nest on the ground either elevated on rocks or in lower damp location. The males makes several scrapes; the female chooses one and lays 3 or 4 eggs. The male takes the major responsibility for incubation and tends the chicks. The young feed themselves.
Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, Norway