Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 489 - Bar-Tailed Godwit and Eurasian Whimbrel

The edition of WBW is brought to you by two very long distance travelers - the Bar-Tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) and the Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus).  

These birds were sitting in mangrove bushes outside the hide at Toora, in East Gippsland a few weeks ago.  The Bar-Tailed Godwits have the long straight beak, and the Eurasian Whimbrels have a curved beak, and distinctive head stripes.

These birds breed high in the northern hemisphere, in places like Siberia.  I am always amazed when I see these birds in Australia because a proportion of the individuals I see were an egg a few months ago!

The weekend after I saw these birds a very rare Whimbrel was found in the area - a Hudsonian Whimbrel was fund in the area.  I have looked very hard at all of my pictures, but I seem to have missed it!









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12 comments:

  1. Yes that is a tricky one to spot Stewart. Thanks for hosting, take care adn have a good week ahead

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  2. Hari OM
    The birds look about as excited to be there as you were to see them!!! YAM xx

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  3. Great captures of beautiful birds!

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  4. Both great birds. Shorebirds are always exciting and the possibility of a rarity is a challenge not to be missed.

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  5. What amazing long distance travelers. They must fly together

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  6. Awesome migratory bird report, Stewart!

    The whole concept of seasonal bird movement, especially over great distances, is mind-boggling.

    We hope all is well this week and we especially hope all will soon be better. Take good care.

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  7. Interesting post. Love the final shot. I am having difficulty getting my post to link up.

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  8. They blend in well with their environment..Great shots..Thanks for sharing..Enjoy your weekend..

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  9. PS..Sorry ..no new birdie posts to share..Have a wonderful Holiday season..

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  10. It's so cool to see a rare bird! Great photos!

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