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Wading bird

Observed: 19th December 2010 By: barnsley44barnsley44’s reputation in Birds
Local 143
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Carabus's picture

looks a bit big to me to be a

looks a bit big to me to be a greenshank, imo looks and feels more like a black-tailed godwit.

regards,

rob

Paul Armstrong's picture

Not sure

Is it a bit too white underneath for a Black-tailed Godwit?

Paul Armstrong's picture

Compare it with the Black-headed Gull

It's just a bit shorter in body length than the Black-headed Gull, which points to it still being possibly a Common Greenshank. Legs look too pale for a Black-tailed Godwit or Bar-tailed Godwit.

bobthebirder's picture

greenshank

Actually there are 2 greenshank in the photo, as well as 2 redshank near the edges.

Greenshank is our palest wader, the only species that will ever look mostly white at a distance, apart from the much smaller sanderling. Both godwits are distinctly darker and browner, with darker blue-grey legs and longer, stouter bills.

Bob Ford