Sunday, 27 September 2009

Cabo da Praia, Terceira

Still on the way to Corvo- things take time out here. Stopped off at the famous Cabo da Praia quarry. 1 juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher (image 1 pic by Simon), 1 adult White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers and 2 Semi-palmated Plovers.
Also an interesting acitis sp. and a dunlin ssp.

Actitis sp: Looks somewhat like a Spot Sand but check out the tail length beyond the wing tip. Didn't sound like a Common but not too sure of the full repertoire of Spotted. Tertials look generally plain too.

Dunlin ssp: Still in summer plumage and no sign of any moult so implies a high northern latitude bird. I haven't got any literature out here but I think the break between the black belly and the streaked breast and the dark belly markings extending onto the vent and under tail are features often associated with 'Hudsonian Dunlin'. Will need to follow this up. Comments welcome.
Some links of Dunlins back home (maybe I'm talking rubbish)

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