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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 20:43   #1
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Trail Camera ID

The picture below was taken by a trail camera in Condon, Montana the other day. Any help at all narrowing it down to possible species is greatly appreciated.

It is on a small pond (the camera is set up to take pictures of turtles).

I apologize for how blurry the picture is, but I didn't have control of the camera.

Thanks in advance!
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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 20:53   #2
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It's a wader!...A very odd Killdeer?
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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 20:56   #3
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spotted sandpiper - a little over-exposed to see the spots
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I was leaning toward Mountain Plover???

I thought this was a Spotted Sandpiper....(taken on a different day with the same trail camera)
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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 21:08   #5
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Your right on that last image, but as pointed out by Morg, the over exposure 'clouded' the original suggestion for ID.
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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 21:13   #6
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Build looks good for plover sp. Killdeer with breast bands hidden by angle & exposure?
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Funny looking bird. Assuming the bill really is pale then that favours Spotted Sandpiper. The pale supercillium is a bit weird but could perhaps be explained by over-exposure. I find it a bit easier to make it into Spotted Sandpiper than anything else, but it does look strange.
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Old Sunday 16th May 2010, 22:09   #8
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It is a spot sand all right, just in direct sun so its features are burnt out and it is facing away from the camera a little which shortens the apparent length of the bill and condenses the markings on the neck to make it look as though it has a breast band.

The other picture shows it more clearly

What's the turtle?
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It is a spot sand all right, just in direct sun so its features are burnt out and it is facing away from the camera a little which shortens the apparent length of the bill and condenses the markings on the neck to make it look as though it has a breast band.

The other picture shows it more clearly

What's the turtle?
The second picture as the op stated was on a different day ....

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Old Monday 17th May 2010, 01:13   #10
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The turtle is a Western Painted Turtle.
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yes, the turtle is a western painted turtle :-)

The pictures are from two different days, so they are most likely different birds (although could be the same specie).....sorry if I made that confusing by posting the second picture.

It sounds like the consensus is that it is a spotted sandpiper....thanks for the help! Please feel free to weigh in your answer if you think it is something else. :-)
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