A Great Idea

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A Great Idea

This forum is a great idea so I'll try and enter my own "what is it" by including a photo.

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oops, half is missing

only use small photos I guess

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I'll try again but I need more skills dealing with digital photos. I've trimmed the original heavily to get this size and in doing so have lost the second bird at the back, a sharp-tailed sandpiper which was useful for comparison as they are the same size. The photo is now blurry as well.

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Try this and forgive my experimenting.

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Thanks Denis

You could be right there as I saw a number of Black-winged Stilts in the area. I thought it may have been a Marsh Sandpiper, but your suggestion seems more realistic.

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I'm not sure, my money would be on a Common Greenshank look at the leg colour in the close-up.

Ed Townsville NQ

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It was about the same size as the sandpiper behind it and seemed much too small for the Common Greenshank. It was also much less wary of me than I would have expected from a Common Greenshank and also the bill didn't seem right - not lighter in colour at the base, and straight not upturned.

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Still not sure it's a young stilt.Young stilts pictured below.(I hope)


too small for a greenshank?

Then that brings us back to your first thoughts...A marsh sandpiper. (maybe???). I do love wader ID almost always a challange.

Ed Townsville NQ

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maybe a larger image
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ed, I thought juvenile B-W Stilt had black heads like those above and in this picture, not paler wings.

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I wish there was a 'Review' or an 'Edit' function :-(

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ed
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or maybe not.
try again.

Ed Townsville NQ

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Marj

Not sure the bird pictured on picasa is an (Australian) Black winged stilt (race leucocephalus, the Pied stilt)I think the pictured bird is the american race.

Ed Townsville NQ

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