"Tim Murphy" <>, <>
[BQ_Forum] Mystery Wader
"Jon Wren" <>
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 16:07:17 +1000
I copied the photo for Quiz 2 Bird One to Picture Manager and was able to
get a more detailed image and wish to revise my original suggestion of Asian
Dowitcher to Bar-tailed Godwit adult non-breeding plumage.
After having a closer look at the picture I notice now the bill seems to be
so long due to the fact that the bird is extracting a worm from the mud! Or
is it a female with the longer bill? Buff scalloping of feathers on the
mantle plus the fine streaking down the neck and side of breast plus a hint
of pink at the base of the bill when zoomed in makes me more in favour of
the Bar-tailed Godwit now.
Thanks Tim for an interesting photo, it is difficult to come to a full
conclusion with just one photo but once habits are observed and noted then
the task can be a lot easier. Such as the sewing machine feeding action of
the Dowitcher that you mentioned. I recall years ago reading an article
about Long-billed Dowitchers as opposed to Short-billed Dowitchers. In short
it came to the conclusion that some S-b D have bills the same size as L-b D
and vica versa.
We are all learning and again have been into the Field guides etc to study
the notes, making us more prepared for the birding challenges ahead.
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