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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 13:46   #1
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Birds id help - Tamilnadu, South India - 1

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Spotted these in Tamilnadu, South India last week. Would really appreciate any help in iding these birds. Sorry about the poor quality of some of the pics.Some of these birds were really afar.

1) Is the one on the left a broad-billed sandpiper. As the bill looks too long for a little stint.

2) Are the birds in the front curlew sandpipers?

3), and the one in the middle in 4) - Immature brown-headed gulls?

5) Is the redshank a spotted redshank? Asking as I have not spotted this prominent an eye-stripe in the common redshanks I've seen.

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1/ Not Broad-billed. I'd say a Sanderling (second option is Little Stint indeed)
2/ Yeah, they look like indeed
3.4/ yes
5/ Difficult on this small photo
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1/ Not Broad-billed. I'd say a Sanderling (second option is Little Stint indeed)
2/ Yeah, they look like indeed
3.4/ yes
5/ Difficult on this small photo
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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 15:17   #4
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5. Looks like a Spotted, strong clean and lengthy supercillium, longer legs and longer finer bill.
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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 16:04   #5
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disagree on the spotshank. looks like a common redshank, they have longer legs in asia.
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disagree on the spotshank. looks like a common redshank, they have longer legs in asia.
Yeah, true, it is why I preferred not to try. Shape is less reliable than in Europe.
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5. Looks like a Spotted, strong clean and lengthy supercillium, longer legs and longer finer bill.
Thanks very much. A lifer for me. Hence wanted to be very sure before I ticked it off.

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disagree on the spotshank. looks like a common redshank, they have longer legs in asia.
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Thanks very much, everyone. It is true that their legs are longer here. One of the reasons for my confusion. Appreciate your help very much.
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Thanks very much. A lifer for me. Hence wanted to be very sure before I ticked it off.

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Think you'll have to erase that tick now!
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Please can anyone advise what the birds at the back in 2 are?
terns I think
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Think you'll have to erase that tick now!
Sadly, yes. But I'd gladly wait rather than tick off a bird wrongly:)
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Please can anyone advise what the birds at the back in 2 are?
terns I think
Yes. Caspian tern and gull-billed tern.
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I'd say the Redshank is Common - the legs and bill don't seem long enough for Spotted, and the rather plain, brown plumage also fits better for Common.

I think the bird in No 1 is a Little Stint. I'd expect Sanderling to be more uniform and paler grey, and also to have a slightly thicker bill. Definitely not Broad-billed.
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Can someone explain why the gull in 3 and 4 is brown-headed and not black-headed. Don the retained juvenile wing feathers not favour black-headed?
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Can someone explain why the gull in 3 and 4 is brown-headed and not black-headed. Don the retained juvenile wing feathers not favour black-headed?
I was wondering the same - these birds do somehow look 'oddly bulky' for Black-h, but I'd certainly not want to base an ID on that!
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I don't think Ajayr was asking about the birds to the left and right in no. 4, which do look like Brown-headed to me.
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I don't think Ajayr was asking about the birds to the left and right in no. 4, which do look like Brown-headed to me.
That's right. I think those in the left and right in 4 are brown headed. I specifically was looking for help for the one in 3 and the middle one in 4. I asked as I had the same doubt about the bulk and the dark plumage. Also, the head shape in 3 looked like a black headed to me while the one in 4 like a brown headed. Hence, wanted to check.

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Sorry about this. Bumping just one time for confirmation on the gulls.
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I thought 3 and 4 were the same bird.

On photo 4, we can see pale eyes of the adults, excluding Black-headed. Middle bird being of the same size and certainly not slenderer bill is also Brown-headed.
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I thought 3 and 4 were the same bird.

On photo 4, we can see pale eyes of the adults, excluding Black-headed. Middle bird being of the same size and certainly not slenderer bill is also Brown-headed.
Thanks a lot. Yes. 3 and 4 are different birds indeed. I too went by the head structure and the pale eyes for 4. 3 was the one confusing me. Thanks very much again.
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