Shorebirds

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pacman
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Shorebirds

the shorebirds are starting to return

this pic of a Whimbrel in front of a Silver Gull is interesting, Whimbrel is stated as 42cm and Gull as 43-44cm - interesting the difference that long beak makes

these pics are from Scarborough, Qld in Feb '13 and I have just sorted them in my process of trying to catch up

pacman
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and the Bar-tailed Godwit is 42cm with the Silver Gull

from the same session

Peter

pacman
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and the Great Knot is 27cm and with the Silver Gull and a group pic inlcuding the Whimbrel

from the same session as the previous

Peter

Devster
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Thats great that you have the pics next to the gull to compare.

Rick N
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That is surprising. The shorebirds look quite a bit smaller. Thanks for that.

davidennew
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Poor old gulls,still regarded as inconsequential.

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davidennew wrote:

Poor old gulls,still regarded as inconsequential.

Not by me☺ They are a lovely bird and having witnessed 

them feeding on samphire like any "real" bird ☺

I have more than a soft spot for them. 

davidennew
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seagull having an early morning yawn!

pacman
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1 - they should be glad that I included them as the standard for gauging size

2 - when they fly to Siberia to breed and then back to Australia for summer I will regard them as consequential ;-)

Peter

davidennew
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I concur

sue818
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Lovely series of shots, Peter. It is surprising how small the shorebirds are when not seen through the camera lens and that bill makes quite a difference. It is useful to have a gull for reference but have you noticed that just when you want one they are nowhere near.

Also good to hear that you only sorting 2013 now... I am 'wading' through current pics from Darwin, 80 Mile Beach, Point Samson and Hutt Lagoon and it takes forever to sort the shorebirds and ID them. There seem to be a variety of sandpipers and plovers around at present aside from all the others. Then there are the flags and data-loggers to consider. keeps one busy.

Sue

Reflex
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I can't image having photographs for so long without sorting through them although I agree about identifying shore birds being painful.

Samford Valley Qld.

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Reflex wrote:

I can't image having photographs for so long without sorting through them although I agree about identifying shore birds being painful.

but I have often said 'should I sort some pics or go birding - and the birding option always wins

Peter

Devster
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I hear you pacman. I have so many photos to sort its not funny.

Good thing I have plenty of harddrive space.

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Devster wrote:

Good thing I have plenty of harddrive space.

a terrabyte is a marvellous thing

Peter

zosterops
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i suppose overseas birders would be excited by a vagrant silver gull 

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