Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit
Limosa limosa islandica


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

19th May 01

Location

Welney, Norfolk

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Although this bird has moulted neither its tertials nor its scapulars, it has a pink bill, unlike limosa at this time of year, which have a distinctly orange-yellow bill. Although it has to be said, a limosa in non-breeding condition may also have a pink bill. None of the islandica on the Washes have assumed any yellow-tone to the bill, so presumably they acquire this after arrival on their breeding grounds.


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