Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Beach birds: waders

I've got a confession. All waders look the same to me. Okay, not all waders. I can identify a beach stone-curlew with ease and the black and white species are pretty straightforward. And although I've never seen a pratincole, I know I'll recognise one when it struts past. But all the brown ones … they're like mottled peas in a muddy pod. Especially when I haven't got a bird book nearby.

So when I took the camera down to the foreshore late this afternoon to photograph the drifts of waders at the sea's edge, I was completely flummoxed to find at least three species that I may — or may not — be able to identify successfully. If I've gone wrong (very likely), please let me know.

Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica)

Grey-tailed tattler ( Heteroscelus brevipes )

Red-capped plovers ( Charadrius ruficapillus)

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