Could this be a Whimbrel?
Getting a little fed up with encroaching water
No walking along there today
The lane at the far end is usually where I come down to look at the beach - I hadn't checked the tide book before starting out, good thing I came around to walk on the other side.
Not sure what a few of these waders are, can anyone put a name to them? No. 1
I did too many yesterday so will only put a couple more today
I thought these were pintail but they have red legs??
Any id's would be good, thanks
Lot to learn
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Lovely shots, Gaynor. Your first wader is a Curlew. Whimbrel would generally be a less 'warm' looking brown, with a more disinct pale band above the eye making them look like they have a dark sripe through the eye. Also the bill on Whimbrel would look almost as if it decided to curve down at the last moment, rather than a more gradual curve like in Curlew.
Your second wader is a Redshank. :-)
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In reply to gaynorsl:
gaynorsl said:but the Whimbrel is much sleeker
The comparison photo here only really show different poses from the two birds, which I think only coincidentally makes the Whimbrel look sleeker than the Curlew in this particular photo. I suspect if the poses were reversed, the Curlew would perhaps have looked sleeker than the Whimbrel.
The markings on the head are what will make a Whimbrel initially stand out as different.
If you’re reasonably used to seeing Curlews, you’ll notice a Whimbrel relatively easily when you do see one. The first time I saw one was when I was on my own with no-one there to tell me any differently, and it stood out immediately as being somewhat different to what I was used to seeing. :-)
You better make another local trip out soon Gaynor as I see Wales is going into lockdown on Friday until 9th Nov; I can see more areas following so it's going to be a L-O-N-G winter
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