BIRD 6

Bird Watching (UK) - - July Id Challenge -

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

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