I was surprised to find a lone juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER foraging in tall grass a hundred feet above the sand at Ecola State Park on 26 September 2013. It was very patient and cooperative, staying put while I ran for my camera, then posing for me as I worked to close the distance between us. Amazingly it allowed me to approach within just a few yards. I was sweating in anticipation of my quarry possibly being a Short-billed Dowitcher as I watched it consume a spider. I'd recently noted Short-billed Dowitcher were known to eat spiders on occasion - oh well I am very glad to have had the opportunity enjoy a close encounter with this calidridine sandpiper.
The invertebrate being consumed is actually a crane fly rather than a spider as first reported:
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