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Little Curlew

Little Curlew (Image ID 39729)
Photographed byLes George on Mon 16th Mar, 2020 and uploaded on Fri 27th Mar, 2020 .
Resolution1800x1350
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ID39729
CommentThis is a full frame shot of another first year bird. Compared to the last photo posted this species; this bird has a much darker chest and throat, I have yet to learn if there anything of significance in this but of all the birds I have seen it is not a common feature. I have also learnt that all birds shed their leg skin annually, I have never seen this before and have never read of such. This accounts for the orange appearance of legs of the last three remaining birds when this shot was taken. The adult birds legs were just beginning to shed skin. Have no idea how long this colour might be retained but it must change back to the blue/grey that they were when they arrived. I also found that these young birds were moulting their primaries which is just another of the things that make this species so difficult to age.
EquipmentCanon 7D11
Canon 500 f/4 L IS ii USM
LocationCarnarvon, Western Australia
Keywordsimmature
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