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What is this?

By paulbroad
Help! Pass constructive criticism by all means, but can anyone tell me what this is. My friend, who is a keen birder, says its a Ruffe in winter coat. My wife and I say he is wrong. We think it's a Sanderling or Knot, possibly juvenile in winter coat.

Original is rather sharper, as I was rather pleased. Shot near Cleethorpes on Thorpe Marsh. 50/500 at 500mm (800) resting on part open car window. Bird 6 metres away. Old 20D attached - I leave it on this lens for rapid use. Never sell old bodies, not worth it. ISO800, 1/160 @ f9 on aperture priority. Had to compress a lot as, even at 600 pixels the file from the old 20D at ISO800 was quite large.


Tags: Bird Identify Pebble Wader Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3769 Canada
28 Feb 2012 8:35PM
Im no birder, but spent some time looking this up. So my 2 pence worth is its a Ruff. I based this on the apparent fact that Sanderlings in Winter are almost white, and that you are much more likely to see a Ruff in Britain that a Sanderling.

Let the games begin..


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Mike_Young 11 12 9 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2012 8:44PM
Sorry, but your friend is right, it is a Ruff in winter plumage. Good shot !

Sanderlings are very easy to ID, being small, very pale with dark legs and beak, no rear toe. I see far more Sanderlings in winter than Ruff
paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2012 9:20PM
Keep going, but I'll bet you are all right. We aren't experts at the birds and my friend is supposed to be. Thought we had him this time. Never mind.


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