Marbled Godwit

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Next to Gulls, I find Shore Birds the hardest to identify — gulls are, sort of, the hobos of the bird kingdom: they’re found nearly everywhere, they’re often fifthly, they’ll eat nearly everything, and they’re fairly nondiscriminatory (slutty) when it comes to mating, which produces a mishmash of hybrids. I had confused the Marbled Godwit (awesome name by the way) for a Willet, Stilt Sandpiper, Whimbrel, and Sanderling at some point. Fortunately, with the help of my in-laws Nikon and 300mm lens, I was able to zoom in on the fella above and identify it. The salmon to black and slightly upcurved bill gave it away. I think. It may be a Snipe of some sort….

 

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