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Curlew2

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Hi All,
Really struggling on identifying whether a Godwit is Black-tailed or Bar-tailed unless it is flying away from me. I suspect that this bird photographed at Fingerinhoe Wick last Monday is Bar-tailed. Is there enough detail in the photos to be able to tell definitively and, if so, how?
Thanks in advance.
David
 

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Curlew2

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Thanks Andy for the speedy reply and explanation. I guess it will come as I gain more experince.

I had this one taken in March last year at Heybridge Basin as a Bar-tailed but am now questioning it as the bill also looks slightly upturned. Any thoughts?
 

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THE_FERN

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In the first two photos you can see the tail barring. Another pointer for winter birds is the scaly neck feathering where black-tailed appears uniformly grey.
 

Parryman1

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Old age and failing memory means I can never remember whose got the short bill and whose got the long legs so I try and link clues to the name.

A short bill and legs bars the bar-tailed from feeding in deep water.

Visually the bar tailed's legs from underside of body to knee is a lot shorter than from knee to the foot where as in the black tailed it is more equal

Hope this helps
 

Colin

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England
Old age and failing memory means I can never remember whose got the short bill and whose got the long legs so I try and link clues to the name.

A short bill and legs bars the bar-tailed from feeding in deep water.

Visually the bar tailed's legs from underside of body to knee is a lot shorter than from knee to the foot where as in the black tailed it is more equal

Hope this helps

And a shorter bill and shorter bill matches the shorter name, bar being shorter than black!
 
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