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Thanks for the ID. As a novice I had difficulty finding an ID on the web.
Be careful not to confuse with Ruff - a bird that looks very similar.
Similar, except in summer! Which is one of the tricky things about bird ID, birds will often look very different at different stages throughout the year... guides as a way of ID often fail to fully overcome this when you first start birding.
Nothing has the brightly coloured red legs of a redshank, so these are always easy to identify correctly - if you think to look at the legs! The clue's in the name, RED-shank.
Very true! Unfortunately being a wader they do tend to do a lot of wading and hiding their legs! ;)
There are nearly always redshank about on the shore and up in the Lough, but ruff would be a much less common occurence.
The redshank will show a bright white rump when they fly off, which ruff don't. The call helps as well - a squeaky sort of piping, about 3 notes or so.
You can get reasonable views of the common shore birds up by the Chaine Tower.
Lat/Lng: 54.9, -5.9
OS grid ref: NW5464