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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-01-23 13:38
Viewed: 1671
Points: 8
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Numenius phaeopus

The Whimbrel is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is the one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland.

The Whimbrel is sighted on Espanola Island, Galapagos.
This is a migratory species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration. The Whimbrel is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season. It breeds on Arctic Tundra. In migration, it can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including mudflats, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, salt marshes and flooded agricultural fields.

The Whimbrel is a large wader at 18 inches in length and has a wingspan of 32 inches. It is mainly greyish brown, with a white back and rump and a long curved bill (longest in the adult female) with a kink rather than a smooth curve. It is generally wary. The Whimbrels usual call is a rippling whistle, prolonged into a trill for the song.

The Whimbrel feeds by probing soft mud for small invertebrates and by picking small crabs, marine worms and similar prey off the surface. Prior to migration, berries become an important part of their diet.

The only similar common species over most of this birds range are larger curlews. The Whimbrel is smaller, has a shorter, decurved bill and has a central crown stripe and strong supercilia.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-23 14:26]

Hi Manyee,magnificent capture of this whibrel that i caught in Gambia in the last year on the beach,special quality as usual and very bright colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Manyee
照的清晰 很漂亮的海鳥
顏色華麗 羽毛的圖案真是漂亮也很新奇
光線亮麗 整體都很清楚 一種安靜的感覺 很美
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hallo Manyee
A beautiful bird, a beautiful image, a beautiful presentation, a beautiful everything! I just love the natural sunlight and the colour of the water. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Mr.Manyee,
Another beautiful bird.Nice capture.Like its colour and details.Nice atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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