Slightly upturned beak would suggest Bar Tailed but could be Black Tailed as it is a bit late in the year for Bat Tailed
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Not sure about all of these. The central bird looks to have a beak almost as long (and straight) as a black-tailed godwit, but structurally it doesn't look quite big enough. Difficult to say from the photograph.
Did they all look like the same size?
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Central one looks more bar tailed than black if you go on patternation. Beak looks a little long though. You can have unusual effects with long shots like these and perhaps that is what's happening here. It seems the more distant birds are larger but I'm not sure that's the case.
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I think I will go for Black Tailed Godwits, About the right size And that beak looks a little long for a Bar tailed
Discernable plumage characteristics are inconclusive for me (particularly at a time of year when godwits are often in transitional plumage), although the one at the front just right of centre does seem to show extensive orange underparts that would suggest Bar-tailed.
There is considerable overlap in both size and bill length, so I wouldn't try to use either for identification (unless perhaps the birds had been trapped and acurately measured).
Lat/Lng: 51.0, -4.2
OS grid ref: SS4832