Hudsonian Godwit in Altona, opinions please

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: Hudsonian Godwit in Altona, opinions please
From: Joe Gilmour <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 22:34:03 +1000
Peter Shute wrote:
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
Hi Peter,

I was lucky enough to get a picture of the three birds with the Hudsonian stretching its wings. See the below pics to help you work out which one is the Hudsonian on the ground. Also, sorry for the late reply.




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