Gallery - Waders-Curlew and Godwits
Medium large waders, rather variable in size. Distinguishable from all Curlews by their slightly up curved bills and different call and their breeding plumage is a brownie red colour.
Bar-tailed Godwits are classed as an Amber list species-Medium conservation concern.
In its hunt for insects, molluscs, crustaceans and marine worms it often visits sandy shores. Some food rich areas attract large numbers of birds.
Black-Tailed Godwits are classed as Red List Species-High Conservation Concern.
Black-tailed Godwits are more likely to be seen on muddy esturies or pools near the sea.They feed oninsects and their larva,worms,seeds and other plant material.The nest is on the ground among short vegetation.
Large Waders. Showing as mainly brown on foot but showing white rump and lower back in flight. Long to very long down curved bill and long legs visible beyond tail in flight.
The Curlew has been classified as a Amber list species-medium conservation concern.
The Curlew is the largest European wader.The bubbling song is given over upland meadows and moorlands where breeding takes place. The "Curlew" call may also be heard outside breeding season on mudflats and sandbanks where Curlews feed on worms,crabs and other crustaceans by probing at low tide.
The Whimbrel has been classified as a Amber list species-medium conservation concern.
This small curlew is a long-haul migrant, breeding in the far north and migrating as far as southern Africa. Whimbrels breed in open country often in upland peat bogs or on tundra.They feed on insects,berries and marine creatures including crabs.
Vagrant from North America
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