Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper

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9 years 9 months ago #7670 by Camby
Camby created the topic: Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper
most birders may have no trouble in distinguishing between these two birds, but I didnt realize that there was more than one species in this shot until I loaded the picture onto my pc.

The two birds on the top left are a Common Greenshank (closest) and a Marsh Sandpiper (behind the greenshank). The image gives you an idea of their general difference in size, shape, bill structure and spotting on the head and tertials. Both have a white leading edge to the outermost primary.

I still need some help with the bird on the bottom right. It's bigger than the Marsh Sandpiper and doesn't look like the Greenshank either. Doesn't seem to have the white leading edge on the primary either and its legs are yellowish.

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9 years 9 months ago #7672 by gordon
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Hi Camby,

I would say the bird leading is a Marsh Sandpiper, followed by Greenshank (note the larger size as well as the thicker and slightly upturned bill), lastly the bird on right is also a Marsh Sandpiper. Have a look at the first and last birds bills as well as smaller size compared to the bird in the middle.

You will also find variation in size in the same species. In some waders, the males are larger than the females...

Hope this helps.

Of course having ID'd Rattling Cisticola as a Lazy on a previous posting, I may well be incorrect... <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->


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