Monday, 15 December 2014

Israel V - waders

No current birding action to report on so here is the latest installment of the irregular series of pictures from my trip to Eilat and Southern Israel earlier this year.

Black-winged Stilt (stylteløper)

Avocet and Bleck-winged Stilt

Stilt: the greyer/browner back suggest this is a female

Silt: the golssy black back suggest a male. According to the books males generally have more black on the head but that definitely isn't the case here

Black-tailed Godwit (svarthalespove) - based on location this is a bird of the continental subspecies limosa rather the northern islandica but I'm not sure if this can be ascertained based on this plumage

Dunlin (myrsnipe) starting to come into summer plumage although mostyl still in grey winter plumage

an exceptionally long billed (deformed) Dunlin in winter plumage

adult male Greater Sandplover (ørkenlo)

female Kentish Plover (hvitbrystlo)

male Kentish Plover with a Little Stint (dvergsnipe) almost in full summer plumage

Litte Stint still in winter plumage

Marsh Sandpiper (damsnipe) - a classy bird!

Collared Pratincole (brakksvale)
one of the features to separate this species from the very similar Black-winged Pratincole (steppebrakksvale) is the white trailing edge to the secondaries visible on this picture

note how in this picture of the same bird the white seems to be absent

Spur-winged Plover (sporevipe) - a common bird in the Middle East

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