Here is another bird making no attempt to hide its head under the water, or under a wing! It is showing you everything that you need to see to confirm its identification. It looks to be an elegant, well proportioned wader, with the slim, slick lines and straight bill of a Tringa sandpiper. The orange legs should trigger a response that this is a redshank. There are two species: Redshank and Spotted Redshank. The former is brown like this bird. But the bill has a slight droop and is red only at the base of the lower mandible, both wrong for Redshank. This is a Spotted Redshank, and the reason it is brown and neatly barred with even rows of white spots is it is a juvenile.
KEY FEATURES Long orange legs Long fine bill with slight downward droop Bill has red base to the lower mandible, only Neat barring and spotting of a fresh juvenile
Long, fine, slightly drooping bill Long, orange legs Elegant, wellproportioned bird