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
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.
Eurasian Whimbrel ssp. variegatus occurs in the region, characterised by a small oblong of barred-white confined to the lower back. Population from NC Siberia rogachevae somewhat intermediate is recognised by some authorities e.g IOC also occurs.
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!
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.