After a first glance at this bird, you may think we are trying to trick you by putting a second Dunlin in the mix, but one photographed in brighter light. With luck, the second glance may reveal the error of your ways... Note the general warmth of the finely scalloped plumage, and even a hint of peachy wash to the breast (a tad overexposed in this photo). Also, that downcurved bill is definitely on the long side for a Dunlin (though some subspecies of Dunlin do have very long bills). The legs, especially the tibia (upper exposed leg), are surely also too long for the dumpy, squat Dunlin. This bird is a typical juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. In real life, you may also get a chance to see the diagnostic white rump.
KEY FEATURES Warm tones and immaculate pale fringed wings Dark bill is long and notably down-curved Legs look reasonably long Clean buff and white underparts, with not dark spotting