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Oystercatcher Wader Bird

Oystercatcher Wader Bird

It shares the same overall shape with the Grey Plover, but is a slimmer and more elegant bird, and usually found in different habitats. It is shorter-legged and narrower-winged, and has a strong yellowish tone to the upperparts, which in summer are strongly spangled black and gold...

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Avocet Wader Bird

Avocet Wader Bird

An unmistakable, graceful and elegant bird, with a striking plumageof black patterns on white. It has a unique slender upcurved bill which accounts for 20 per cent of the bird's total length and is used to make distinctive lateral sweeping motions when feeding...

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Stone Curlew Wader Bird

Stone Curlew Wader Bird

A cryptically plumaged bird, with a strange reptilian appearance due to the large yellow eyes set in a rather small head. Fairly sizeable, and resembling a large plover...

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Little Ringed Plover Wader Bird

Little Ringed Plover Wader Bird

Very similar to the Ringed Plover at first glance, but is smaller, slimmer and more attenuated, with a bold yellow eye-ring. Although it has a pattern of black rings and bands similar to Ringed...

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Ringed Plover Wader Bird

Ringed Plover Wader Bird

A small but stocky and robust-looking plover, with a typical feeding action of running a few paces and then pausing, running and pausing, and tilting downwards to take food from the ground. It has a short orange black-tipped bill and orange legs...

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Golden Polver Wader Bird

Golden Polver Wader Bird

It shares the same overall shape with the Grey Plover, but is a slimmer and more elegant bird, and usually found in different habitats. It is shorter-legged and narrower-winged...

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Lapwing Wader Wader Bird

Lapwing Wader Wader Bird

An unmistakable, medium-sized and dumpy plover, appearing black and white when seen at range. The upperparts are a deep green with a purple iridescence, the underparts white, with a broad black chest band...

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Dunlin Wader Bird

Dunlin Wader Bird

A small, dumpy wader with medium-short black legs. In summer plumage it has a unique pattern, with a bright rufous mantle, scapulars and cap, the feathers marked centrally with black, plus a large...

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Snipe Wader Bird

Snipe Wader Bird

The Snipe is a cryptically plumaged bird, with a distinctive pattern of stripes, mottling and barring all over. The most obvious feature is a rather disproportionately long, bicolored bill, combined with rather short legs and a dumpy body...

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Woodcock Wader Bird

Woodcock Wader Bird

A very plump and medium-sized wader, with broad rounded wings and a long bill for probing in soft mud. The legs are short, and the eyes are set very high in the head, giving it 360-degree vision...

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Black-tailed Godwit Wader Bird

black-tailed Godwit Wader Bird

A big wader, larger, longer-legged and longer-billed than Bar-tailed Godwit, although birds of the islandica race (the form most frequently seen in Britain) are much closer in size and measurements to the Bar-tailed than the larger nominate limosa...

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Bar-tailed Godwit Wader Bird

Bar-tailed Godwit Wader Bird

Similar in many ways to Black-tailed Godwit, this is a large wader with medium-long legs and a long, slightly upcurved bill, which is dark in summer and flesh-coloured on the basal half in winter...

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Whimbrel Wader Bird

Whimbrel Wader Bird

Similar to the Curlew, slightly smaller with a shorter bill that decurves more strongly in its distal third. It has a bolder head pattern, with a prominent narrow pale crown-stripe, contrasting with dark sides to the crown...

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Turnstone Wader Bird

Turnstone Wader Bird

A small, boldly patterned and dumpy shorebird, with a short neck, short orange legs and a short, strong bill. In breeding plumage it is very colourful, with chestnut-orange upperparts marked with a bold pattern of wide black straps along the scapulars...

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Spotted Redshank Wader Bird

Spotted Redshank Wader Bird

An elegant, long-necked and long-legged wader with two distinct seasonal plumages. The summer plumage of the male is a remarkable almost uniform sooty-black, finely spotted with white on the feather edges of the mantle and wings, with heavier white spotting on the flanks and undertail. The female is less black and more spotted...

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Redshank Wader Bird

Redshank Wader Bird

The most common and noticeable medium-sized wader in the region, with medium-long red legs and a straight bill with a red base. It has a striking pattern in flight, with a large white wedge on its rump and white secondaries...

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Greenshank Wader Bird

Greenshank Wader Bird

A large bulky wader with a robust medium-long, slightly upturned bill and medium-length dull green legs. The upperparts are greenish-grey, with the feathers on the mantle and wings patterned irregularly with black in summer...

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Wood Sandpiper Wader Bird

Wood Sandpiper Wader Bird

A slim and elegant wader, smaller than Green Sandpiper and with a longer slim neck, longish yellow-ochre legs and a more dainty appearance, approaching Redshank in shape...

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Green Sandpiper Wader Bird

Green Sandpiper Wader Bird

An elegant medium-sized sandpiper, larger than the similar Wood and Common Sandpipers, and looking very much broader in the beam and dumpier. It is a very striking blackish and white bird, particularly in flight...

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Common Sandpiper Wader Bird

Common Sandpiper Wader Bird

A dumpy, short-legged wader with some strongly defined characters, such as a continual and exaggerated bobbing of the rear body and a flickering action to the wings, which are held below the horizontal as it flies low over the water...

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