Hudsonian Godwit in Altona, opinions please

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit in Altona, opinions please
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 22:09:40 +1000
This morning I saw the Hudsonian Godwit in flight, identified by the underwing 
pattern, but didn't manage to match it up to the bird that landed.  There were 
three godwits feeding together, and I assumed it was the one with reddish 
underparts, but because it didn't have a white throat it doesn't match the 
pictures I've seen of that species in breeding plumage.  I assume the other two 
were bar-tails, as all three had upturned bills.

It also didn't have barring on the underparts, which I assumed might be because 
it isn't in full breeding plumage.  But is it possible that its throat will 
later become white?

Here are the photos, all very grainy:

I'm happy that I saw it in flight, but did I identify the right bird on the 

Peter Shute

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