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S Thailand Whimbrel? (1 Viewer)

bhutjoe

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There were about 7 of these close by on several rocks just off a beach on Koh Samui. I think they are Whimbrels but just in case they are something else, like a curlew:) I thought I would ask on here for confirmation or correction.
Thank you in advance
steve
 

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THE_FERN

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Certainly look like: you can see the whimbrel crown stripes in most of the photos and the kinked bill shape
 

Nutcracker

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I'd guess pretty safe to assume Eurasian Whimbrel rather than (recently split) Hudsonian Whimbrel (New World) - though how one could tell for certain without seeing the rump, I'm not sure!
 

bhutjoe

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Hi nutcracker, i have attached a few more photos taken showing the rear of the bird, not sure if they show what would make the difference between the two whimbrels though:)
steve
 

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RafaelMatias

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I'd guess pretty safe to assume Eurasian Whimbrel rather than (recently split) Hudsonian Whimbrel (New World) - though how one could tell for certain without seeing the rump, I'm not sure!
I agree it's pretty safe (100%). Hudsonian would be a Mega there, while Eurasian is one of the most common wader species there. I guess that would be the same as raising the issue for an ID request of a Whimbrel in Europe.
 

Nutcracker

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.... I guess that would be the same as raising the issue for an ID request of a Whimbrel in Europe.
Yes, indeed! It is at least in part something I'd like to know for myself, if there is any way of detecting a vagrant Hudsonian in Europe or Asia (or vagrant Eurasian in the Americas!) with a bird not in flight. If there isn't, it's going to make detecting them very difficult: I don't want to have to go and flush every whimbrel I ever see!
 

bhutjoe

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Thank you all for your comments. Much appreciated. Once I am back in Canada I will have to pay a bit more attention to whimbrels there. Thank you for the link Grahame, much appreciated.
thanks again
steve
 

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