Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Hudsonian Whimbrel ....... At Church Norton

Hudsonian Whimbrel 

News broke yesterday morning  of a Hudsonian Whimbrel at Church Norton .

Hudsonian Whimbrel 

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.

Hudsonian Whimbrel 

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

Edit :This has now been demoted to just a Sub Species of Eurasian Whimbrel by the Bourc.