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Sandpiper. Baird's or what ? Mauritania

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Old Friday 12th January 2018, 20:19   #1
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Sandpiper. Baird's or what ? Mauritania

Seen last Friday on the edge of waste water pools (non-saline) near Nouakchott.

The bird on the right is a little stint which was good to compare against. The bird on the left is flatter, squatter. It has a slightly longer bill. The black lore is almost broken by a paler area. The tail looks attentuated. The breast band looks quite dense. The mantle has dark elements.

I have never seen a Baird's sandpiper but could it be one? if not then what? I dont really see dunlin in this.

all help gratefully received as ever.

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These are both Little Stints, Rob.
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Thanks, Rafael. You live and learn. I suspect when I see a real Baird's it will be obvious.

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