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Morning all. I have a shot of a wading bird and I am not sure of the correct species. I have it as a black tailed godwit but might it be a bar tailed godwit? Appreciate any help. Stu.


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Sorry to disagree but I think it's a Bar-Tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica). The plumage (winter adult) is darker than the Black-tailed variety.

It's the opposite. The winter plumage of the black-tailed godwit is darker (dull, even coloured grey-brown) than that of the bar-tailed godwit which feathers on the back have white edges, making it brighter.


Definitely a black-tailed godwit because of the white supercilium (stripe which runs from the base of the bird's beak above its eye) which ends at the eye. While that of the bar-tailed godwit is most prominent behind the eye.


Yep, sometimes it are those tiny, little details that makes the difference  ;) 





I stand corrected!



Davey ;)

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