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Bird ID?

After seeing Tordan's greenshank pictures the other day, I took a walk down to a nearby estuary yesterday. No greenshanks I'm afraid. There was a little egret in the far distant but apart from gulls that was about it. On the way back to the car however I saw this chap guddling about in the mud and got a few shots with the 50-200. I assumed it was a curlew, but now I'm not so sure that it wasn't a whimbrel. (Unfortunately it didn't call at all while I was watching it.)
Can one of our bird experts tell me which it is?





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Re: Bird ID?

Hello David,
It's not a Curlew as the beak is too short, I think you're right that it's a Whimbrel due to the white stripe on it's head and the v-shaped white patch on the back in the flight shot. In my book the flight picture is pretty similar to yours and the black wingtips are exactly the same.
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Re: Bird ID?

I am pretty sure it is a Whimbrel.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/bird...rel/index.aspx
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Re: Bird ID?

Thanks Jim & Tim. I'm not too good on waders!
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Re: Bird ID?

I'm not great on waders either, just looking them up in books! Living in Central Scotland it's mainly Oystercatchers, Curlews and Redshanks I see so I'm not so good on the maritime species.
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Wow - lived in the country my whole life and never heard of a whimberil - Still something useful I have learnt today
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Yep folks, I agree. Definitely a Whimbrel. Unusual to see them this late in the year.
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