This wader has quite a different ‘look’ from the others featured in this month’s challenge. It is notably small-headed, implying, by the general rule of smaller heads meaning larger birds, that this is a larger wader. The bill is also much longer than any other featured, being longer than the head; and the legs are also very long. There is also a distinctive orange wash especially at the front end, and on the fringed mantle and wing feathers. The orange wash and long bill and legs are pro-godwit features. The white belly and very long legs also point to this being a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit. This individual appears to be quite young as the bill looks not to be fully grown and the wings also appear a tad short.
KEY FEATURES Orange wash to underparts and neat wing fringes White lower belly and undertail Long, slightly upturned, ‘pink’-based bill Long blackish legs Dumpy, grey with short bill and yellowish wash to underparts