WADER DIS­PLAY FLIGHTS

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Most of our breed­ing waders use dis­play flights to get across their mes­sage of ter­ri­to­rial own­er­ship and at­tract the op­po­site sex. The Snipe has its magic drum­ming, the Wood­cock its cre­pus­cu­lar croak­ing and squeak­ing flight called ‘rod­ing’, Lap­wings have tum­bling flap­ping flight with added elec­tronic sound­ing calls, and birds such as Red­shanks have flicky-winged at­ten­tion-seek­ing song flights. Even larger waders such as Black-tailed God­wits have song flights, in the lat­ter’s case con­sist­ing of a very high side­ways rock­ing flight, al­most pre­tend­ing that they have for­got­ten how to fly prop­erly, while yelp­ing out the rap­tor like ‘god­wit, god­wit’ call.

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