Friday, 29 May 2009

Mega: Great Knot or Great Dot Revisited

News of a Great Knot from the southern wall at Breydon Water was quickly released after the finder had clarified it with a couple of local birders. Their views were said to be very satisfactory, which is more than can be said for when I got there. Initial thoughts were of a bulky bird, deep chested and extenuated rear end, with a small head and long bill. It was difficult to make out any plumage features, although the brown colouration of the upperparts contrasted with the underparts, which seemed clean, with possibly patchy blotches of grey. The bird did show quite a distinctive breast band on the lower breast, seemingly similar brown.

Looking at Collins, I was immediately struck by the bill pictured.
Brian S has made an interesting post here:

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