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Another cracker, I dont really know for certain how to say this is a curlew and not a whimbrel. Love the drooping pattern of the feathers.
Chris could you point out the difference please, as far as I know the whimbrel shows a much whiter rump in flight?
Hi Cathal, sorry for the delay but I have little or no internet here and I'm having to use a Mifi unit.
The Whimbrel is a bird I have never knowingly seen and have no experience in their ID; however I believe they have a shorter bill that curves towards the end and have more pronounced and darker crown and eye stripes. All that said I'm sure someone with Whimbrel knowledge will add more. Regards Chris
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I should probably know the answers to my own question, I do see curlew feeding in fields adjacent to the sea around home and have seen flocks of whimbrel on the big lakes in the west of Ireland- only thing that comes to mind for me at present is the whimbrel has a conspicuos white rump when flying. I dont think the call of a whimbrel can be mistaken for the distinctive piping of the curlew.
Love the pic above.
Norfolk Curlew are relatively approachable, at home they're off often before you see them, that said the Brent Geese here are the total opposite, very wary indeed.
Lat/Lng: 52.9, 1.0
OS grid ref: TG0244