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Id Help - Alibag, Maharashtra, India - 2 (1 Viewer)

mihir

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Request Id help for these birds photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra, India in this November

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2) & 3)
4) Heuglin's gull?
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dwatsonbirder

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1) Greater sandplover 2 + 3) Plain prinia 5) Lesser sandplover (center and right) Kentish plover (rear left) Terek sandpiper (rear). Unsure if the bird asleep to the left can be identified as the bill isn't visible, but feels like a Greater sp.
 

lou salomon

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4 is very likely a Steppe Gull (Larus (fuscus) barabensis, since tundra breeding 1cy heuglini hardly replaces such an amount of scapulars in autumn.
 

johnallcock

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#1 looks like another Lesser Sand Plover to me, based on head and bill shape, white forehead, obvious supercilium and breast band. I agree with Lessers in #5 and I'm also unsure about the bird on the left.

Could #2-3 be a Rufous-fronted Prinia? The forehead seems quite rufous, to the extent that I had to double-check it wasn't a Tailorbird.
 

andyb39

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I'm not 100% sure about the Sand Plover in no.1 - the bill looks a little long but it's also a bit stubby and the effect could be due to the angle. The head is certainly rounded and the legs black.

I think John is right about the Prinia - as well as the rufous forehead, it lacks an obvious supercilium and the plumage is quite a rich brown, especially on the flight feathers and tail.
 

Andy Adcock

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England
I'm not 100% sure about the Sand Plover in no.1 - the bill looks a little long but it's also a bit stubby and the effect could be due to the angle. The head is certainly rounded and the legs black.

I think John is right about the Prinia - as well as the rufous forehead, it lacks an obvious supercilium and the plumage is quite a rich brown, especially on the flight feathers and tail.
One of the bigger looking Lessers for me, never seen black legs on a Greater.
 

johnallcock

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You're a lot more confident on leg colour than I am - I thought they looked dark because of the lighting. Black legs are usually more of a breeding season feature aren't they?
 

Andy Adcock

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England
You're a lot more confident on leg colour than I am - I thought they looked dark because of the lighting. Black legs are usually more of a breeding season feature aren't they?
Not as far as I know John, if you chance on a bird with really, black legs, it,ts usually a Lesser I think.
 

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