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wader identity

meercat 10 278 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2012 5:17AM
In case you haven't had an ID yet the bird is a Ruff. The males in full breeding plumage look amazing, with a full Ruff but this is either a non breeder or a female. Nice photo. They are sometimes confused with redshanks due to the colour of the legs. And books often do not show the interesting colours on the back and wings.

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NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2012 7:38AM
thanks everyone for your help and comments, ive searched all night and i think a varient of Ruff could well be the answer. theres another rarity id hoped it could be but im less convinced.

i have contacted rspb tichwell and they will check other sightings and will verify pictures

thank you very much for your assistance.
Henrytom 12 1 England
9 Apr 2012 10:49AM
This is a female Ruff. You see them in a variety of colours and markings and the I D guides can't cover all the combinations.
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2012 2:05PM
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 4:34PM
i can now confirm that this is indeed a Ruff Female maulting into summer plumage and has been confirmed by rspb Tichwell.

thanks everyone for your efforts confirming this one,

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