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07:36 pm: At the weekend I spent 11 hours wandering round the Sussex coast looking for a Hudsonian whimbrel which was supposed to be in the area. Didn't find it.

The man standing next to me found this, though...

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From:deliberateblank
Date:June 25th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
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Clearly, given the background, that is a Sandpiper of Mordor.
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From:tiggymalvern
Date:June 25th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
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That is a very dark photo of a bird.

I did see the crested caracara last week. Those people who saw it out hunting got killer views. It did not hunt while I was there, and I saw a part bird buried in a fir tree away from the attentions of the corvids.
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Date:June 25th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
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It's weird. I comes up a little underexposed on my monitor at home, but not like this. I do have a correctly exposed shot, but only of the back half of the bird, as it walked out of shot. When seen on a different monitor, it's a terek sandpiper.

Well done on the caracara
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From:tiggymalvern
Date:June 25th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC)
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A sandpiper that is very easily recognisable because of the bill - we need more of those! Except I wouldn't have recognised it from your photo because I was expecting a bigger bird. You've caught it with its neck outstretched and I just wasn't even thinking of a small peep. My brain was interpreting yellowlegs size.
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From:alcina2
Date:June 25th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
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For a peep it does have rather a long neck. And it's to the larger end of peeps: it has almost the same size range as lesser yellowlegs, according to my field guide.

Brightened up a bit digitally:

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Edited at 2015-06-25 04:28 pm (UTC)
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From:tiggymalvern
Date:June 25th, 2015 06:33 pm (UTC)
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You can see the colour of the legs now, that helps too.
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