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Old Thursday 12th January 2006, 11:15   #1
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(Saudi) Wader identification

I spotted this wader a couple of weeks ago and can't quite decide if it's a yellowleg, sandpiper or redshank. Can anyone help?

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Old Thursday 12th January 2006, 11:29   #2
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Quite strange looking. Looks most like a Common Redshank to me but with very yellow legs. Young birds tend to have orangey legs but this doesn't look like a juvenile. The shape and plumage look wrong for either of the Yellowlegs. It would help to know where the picture was taken.
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Old Thursday 12th January 2006, 12:00   #3
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I agree. The structure looks good for redshank.
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'Red' at bill base looks pale also - I wouldn't be too bothered with colour reproduction and say redshank too.
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Hi all,
This looks to be a Redshank to me also. Both yellowlegs, apart from being rare enough even in western Europe, would have a far longer primary projection beyond the tertials, Spotted Redshank would be paler above, longer-billed and have pale on the bill limited to the base of the lower mandible.
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yes it is redshank; hardly any colour on billbase strikes me - is that a feature of immaturity? orangey legs no problem.
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yes it is redshank; hardly any colour on billbase strikes me - is that a feature of immaturity? orangey legs no problem.
Thanks guys, I'll put it down as a redshank. BTW the picture was taken on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia.
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Old Thursday 12th January 2006, 17:48   #8
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These Middle Eastern Redshanks are interesting....

http://www.birdingisrael.com/birdNew...005/tringa.htm

The posters to this Redshank are quite right...it's a Redshank.

Click on Eilat bird


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These Middle Eastern Redshanks are interesting....

http://www.birdingisrael.com/birdNew...005/tringa.htm

The posters to this Redshank are quite right...it's a Redshank.

Click on Eilat bird


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Thanks for that John, I'll add that site to my favourites.
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Thanks for that people; I would never have called that a Redshank in a million years...but now I see!

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