Bird Watching (UK) - - July Id Challenge -

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

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