ID Chal­lenge

SEPTEM­BER: AU­TUMN WADERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

How many au­tumn waders can you name? Why not put your­self to the test?

MANY PEO­PLE THINK of waders as a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing group. And, to an ex­tent, this is true. But they are a di­verse and charis­matic bunch, so don’t let their rel­a­tive trick­i­ness put you off en­joy­ing these bril­liant birds. That said, it would be no fun if the ID Chal­lenge didn’t make you at least think a bit about the iden­ti­fi­ca­tions; so we have cho­sen one or two slightly less con­ven­tional poses, as well as some fully side-on, ‘couldn’t-be-eas­ier’ por­traits for this suite of wader pho­tos. The idea is to look at the pic­tures, try to name the birds fea­tured (and, if you feel con­fi­dent, per­haps try to ‘age’ the birds, as well). Then turn the page for our an­swers and so­lu­tions and, as usual, turn once more for some tips to help you iden­tify shore­birds (and other birds) in your bird­ing trav­els, this au­tumn.

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