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Whimbrel or Curlew ?

 
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Snowy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject: Whimbrel or Curlew ? Reply with quote

Hi, can anyone please tell me if this is a Whimbrel or Curlew I am finding it hard to tell the diffrence Thanks Snowy.
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Powderfinger



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am plumping for Curlew. Beak has downward curve.
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Simon



Joined: 13 May 2005
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Location: Stevenage, Hertfordshire

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Powderfinger wrote:
...Beak has downward curve....

So does a Whimbrel's.

My first, gut, reaction was Curlew, HOWEVER.
This one is a bit tricky, due to angle, light and quality of photo.
The 'face' does look fairly plain (which suggests Curlew) but on the other hand the eyestripe does look slightly darker than I'd like (which may suggest Whimbrel)
The beak, from this angle at least, does appear to be shorter than I'd like for Curlew too. If only the angle was different and we could see the top of the head! Sad
I wouldn't like to call this for definite, given just this photo, though I'm about 98% sure it's a Curlew. (it's just the length - or apparent lack thereof - of the beak that's causing the 2%!)
When/where was the photo taken? It might help.

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Karwin



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd vote for whimbrel:
-short beak
-vertical (not horizontal) stripes on the side

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Simon



Joined: 13 May 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karwin wrote:
I'd vote for whimbrel:.................vertical (not horizontal) stripes on the side


That's very true K.

Having looked at a few more images, that certainly does seem to be a 'thing'
Shame the 'Collins' makes no mention of it though. Thinking

I'll have to look at my other books and see if any of those mention the lining up of the flank spots to form vertical stripes.

Thanks for the valuable lesson, as always (been a while since the last one though mate! Laughing )

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