News broke yesterday morning of a Hudsonian Whimbrel at Church Norton in West Sussex .
I arrived about 4pm and the tide was coming in quite fast , however i managed to see the Hudsonian Whimbrel feeding on the waters edge quite close in before it flew over to the other side of the estuary , the russet coloured rump & tail were very obvious and distinctive , a real key feature in separating from normal Whimbrel which have an extensive white V extending through their rump into their lower back.
When it landed on the far side of the estuary the most obvious feature was the striking head pattern , the central crown stripe and supercillium's stood out as they were very pale in colour compared to their very dark lateral stripes , the head in general was very pale contrasting against it's overall colouraration.
Another flight shot
The Hudsonian Whimbrel was keeping company with two Whimbrel where a good size comparison could be made , the Hud Whimbrel being smaller.
Pale head and underwing shot
A really great bird to see and observe .