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Miked's 233rd spot submitted on 11th August 2009

Observed: 11th August 2009 By: miked
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at least 8 species of birds per photo. anyone can name them all and confirm more than 8. also can you see the whole photo as its a wide one. Redshank, Oystercatcher, little Egret, Tern(common or arctic?), Dunlin?, Greylag geese, Knot(facing other way but can be id'd from other photo), turnstone, black-tailed godwit, gull(black headed?), possibly spotted redshank or similar in bottom right hand corner

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multiple bird shot

OK here we go, from extreme left:
Mostly black-tailed godwits at rear, with oystercatchers in the centre of beach and redshank towards the front (that's 3 species so far). Moving right you come to a herring gull, with a dunlin flying above its right shoulder (5 species now). Then a little egret coming in to land, with several very smart summer-plumaged turnstones under its right wing and a knot facing away from us (8 species). Lots more turnstones further right, then several common terns at rest and in flight (9 species). Finally 2 grey lag geese - I make that a total of 10 species. Can't see a spotted redshank anywhere. Perhaps you could crop the photo and submit it separately Mike.

Bob Ford

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Have added an enlarged bit of

Have added an enlarged bit of the main picture, its from the bottom right corner, perhaps its just a redshank looking alert with its head up, making a long neck and with a bit less red legs. Not sure if spotted redshank would have lost its breeding plumage by now. did also wonder about greenshank or various other things but wishful thinking i suspect.

Incidentally the images are not fully sharp due to heat haze - the differential temperature between ground and air and which is often bad with the long lens needed for this type of photo. you could see the birds shimmering.

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hazy redshank

I'm pretty sure this is another redshank. Spotted would show a distinct eyestripe and greenshank would be more black and white. There have been quite a few rare Tringa sandpipers in the country this week though (marsh sand in Scilly and several lesser yellowlegs) so it's certainly worth giving anything odd-looking a close examination.

Bob Ford

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Mike - this is listed as redshank in the plant database you emailed (for reasons best known to iSpot) - if you can agree with Shrike07 it might tip the balance to make it 'officially' a bird - or you may have other ways to fix it.


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That is strange as it is

That is strange as it is shown as a bird on the live site. Have sent a note to myself to check this in database.