Odd Godwit at Embankment Road

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Adam C
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Odd Godwit at Embankment Road

Postby Adam C » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:08 pm

Ok I thought I was going nuts and just kept telling myself this was a Godwit but the beak looked shorter and so did the legs. And then when a BTG actually came into shot you can see the size difference. But it fits NOTHING I can think of.
Any ideas? Is it just a short billed, short legged BT Godwit? :D :D
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Re: Odd Godwit at Embankment Road

Postby andrewcrossland » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:25 pm

Its just a Bar-tailed Godwit unfortunately, small juv male by the looks of it.
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Re: Odd Godwit at Embankment Road

Postby Adam C » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:28 pm

Yeah was just chatting to David Thomas who concluded the same thing. I've learnt something ;) I've just never seen one with such a short snoz.

Thanks Andrew
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Re: Odd Godwit at Embankment Road

Postby philbattley » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:41 am

Photo 5 is deceptive as you can't see the whole bill, but male bills are generally 70-95 mm long and females mostly 95-130 mm but with some overlap around 90-95 mm. So the difference between the smallest male and the largest female is huge.
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Re: Odd Godwit at Embankment Road

Postby Adam C » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:50 am

Thanks Phil. Somehow the whole juvenile godwit thing has been off my radar all these years! Sometimes the basics can trip us up. Everything in me said it was a BTG but the bill, size and leg length kept digging me in the ribs. Thought I'd post for confirmation.
It's probably more troubling that I haven't noticed them before. I often skip over the BTG looking for the smaller migrants so time I paid them more attention and this has been a good school up :)
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