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Beihai, Guangxi, China ID Questions: accipiter, plovers (1 Viewer)

mzwebby

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Several ID questions from Beihai, Guangxi, China. Seen in past week. Three separate birds and ID questions.

1 (photo 1): first-year accipiter, thinking Shikra or Japanese Sparrowhawk, but uncertain about what the number of wing "fingers" and tail shape would indicate.

2. (photo 2): Sand Plover, uncertain whether Lesser or Greater.

3 (photos 3-5): small plover. This bird was on a beach mudflat on the Gulf with numerous Kentish Plovers. Perhaps this bird is Kentish as well, but the seeming absence of a dark line between the bill and eye along with general pale appearance made me wonder about White-faced Plover, which seems possible in the area as well.
 

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Grahame Walbridge

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Hi Mike,

1. Very difficult from this single grainy image but suspect its a juvenile Japanese Sparrowhawk based on underpart markings, notably strongly barred flanks and, tail structure. BTW, both have 5 fingers. Probably best left as Accipiter sp.
2. Lesser Sand Plover based on bill structure and stance.
3. White-faced Plover.

Grahame
 

mzwebby

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Hi Mike,

1. Very difficult from this single grainy image but suspect its a juvenile Japanese Sparrowhawk based on underpart markings, notably strongly barred flanks and, tail structure. BTW, both have 5 fingers. Probably best left as Accipiter sp.
2. Lesser Sand Plover based on bill structure and stance.
3. White-faced Plover.

Grahame
Grahame, as always thanks so much for the help! Regarding the White-faced plover, is the lack of black between the bill and eye a main way to distinguish it from Kentish? Are there other factors to look for in basic plumage?
 
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