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ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:36 pm
by Neil Fitzgerald
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Answers for this challenge are due by replying to this topic by midnight (NZST) on Saturday 14 August 2010.

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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:15 am
by SuzGuc
Challenge # 2
Mongolian dotterel, nonbreeding plumage

SGucciardo, USA

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:04 am
by tim
Large sand dotterel

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:08 am
by barees63
Mongolian Plover

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:16 pm
by philbattley
What name would you like?

Large Sand Dotterel?
Greater Sand Plover?

Take your pick. I think I recognise that very bird!

And Bar-tailed Godwits in the background for a bonus point?

Phil

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:33 pm
by Byrd
hmmm, another wader.....

well, obviously a Charadrius or related plover, so that's a start. Lack of white neck-collar rules out ringed plover (C.hiaticula), facial pattern rules out black-fronted dotterel (C. melanops), head and breast patterning rules out red-kneed dotterel (E.cinctus), shape of bill and length of legs rules out shore plover (T.novaeseelandiae), dark plumage and strong face pattern rules out NZ dotterel (C.obscurus), and the size of the bill and length of legs rules out red-capped dotterel (C.ruficapillus) and banded dotterel (C.bicinctus); so that only leaves lesser sand plover (C.mongolus) and large sand plover (C.leschenaultii) which given the huge bill are really the only two candidates anyway.

Of those two species the large sand plover has distinctly longer lower legs and a much larger/longer bill with a more tapered tip.

Answer: large sand plover Charadrius leschenaultii

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:59 pm
by craigsteed
Hmmm, I'm going to go with Large Sand Dotterel.

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:19 pm
by David Lawrie
Large Sand Dotterel or Greater Sand Plover
David Lawrie

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:56 pm
by eric_dl
It's my first time posting and first shot at taking a guess but I would say its a juv shore plover.

Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 August 2010

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:49 am
by simon.fordham
Charadrius of course but could be obscurus, mongolus or leschenaultii.

However, beak proportionally too long for either of the latter two so I will go for NZ Dot (Charadrius obscurus).