The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) is a medium sized wader found in inland waters and coastal areas of Australia. A strongly migratory bird it arrives in Australia in August and returns to Arctic Siberia in March where its breeding habitat is the peat-hummock and lichen tundra of the high Arctic.
It feeds on aquatic insects and their larvae, as well as worms, molluscs and crustaceans.
The image below was taken in early summer on the foreshore of Lake Colac.
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