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Whimbrel or curlew?

Observed: 18th April 2010 By: miked
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Description:

Group of birds posing in front of RSPB vehicle. Quick grab shot so not very sharp.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Kluut's picture

Whimbrel

I suppose there could be both there, but the upper surfaces of a few wings in total, and primaries seem too dark for curlew and at least one bird has a white facial stripe.

Apus's picture

Whimbrel

At least a few show the head pattern of Whimbrel and the bill length seems short enough (but angle of shot may not be correct to see this properly).

Urophora's picture

I have no doubt that these

I have no doubt that these are Whimbrel. The bill of Curlew is much longer and of a +- even curvature. Whimbrel have a distinct increase in curvature which is evident in the pics.