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Sandpiper: Curlew

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:05 pm

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

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Bird in breeding plumage photographed next to the walk way to Geelbek hide in the West Coast National Park

Other names:
Afrikaans: Krombekstrandloper
German: Sichelstrandläufer
French: Bécasseau cocorli
Dutch: Krombekstrandloper

The Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea is a small wader.

This species breeding habitat is tundra in arctic north Siberia. The male performs an aerial display during courtship. They nest on the ground in the tundra, laying 3-4 eggs.
Curlew Sandpiper is strongly migratory, wintering mainly in Africa, but also in south and southeast Asia and Australasia.

These birds forage in soft mud on marshes and the coast, mainly picking up food by sight. They mostly eat insects and other small invertebrates.
These birds are small waders, with a down curved bill and a white rump. The breeding adult has patterned dark grey upperparts and brick-red underparts.

In winter (our summer when they are in South Africa), this bird is pale grey above and white below, and shows an obvious white supercilium. Juveniles have grey and brown backs, white belly and a peach-coloured breast.

The Curlew Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:45 am

I would appreciate some help with waders I photographed in the south of Mozambique (March 2008). I find it very difficult to ID these types of birds….they all look the same to me. :? :redface:
The photos are unfortunately not good quality….taken from afar in very bright light…it is also not always possible to check the colour of the bills and legs because it is covered in mud.

4. I don’t know if these are all the same specie…the one on the right seems to have markings going down right onto its belly, while the one on the left seems to only have it on its breast?
I think the one on the left is a Common Greenshank?

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:42 am

4. Downward curved bill. I would go with Curlew Sandpiper.
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Unread postby nightjar » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:21 am

The waders in No. 4 are Curlew Sandpipers. Downcurved bill and general giss normally only confused in non-breeding plumage with Dunlin, which I think is rare in Southern Africa.
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Waders ID's

Unread postby Elminster » Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:44 pm

4. Curlew Sandpiper (strongly decurved bill longer than head(NB), in fact the bird on the right has started going into plumage, plain back, dunlin has a straighter bill with a droopy tip and an even plainer back in non-breeding plumage, other confusing bird is Red Knot but the knot is dumpier with a shorter neck and the bill length=head length)
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Re: Curlew Sandpiper

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:27 pm

While dipping on a twitch for the Leeupan lesser black-backed gull I noticed that the Curlew sandpipers are early arrivals this year.

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They were feeding in the shallows, often submerging their heads up to the shoulder for surprisingly long periods of up to 20 seconds!
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:57 pm

Is this a common sandpiper and are they all the same.... seen at Walvis bay 28 12 2009
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:20 pm

Pat,

Pic 1: Yes the ones at the back (all same size) is Curlew Sandpipers and the smaller one at the front most probably a Little stint, can't really tell if it's a Red-necked Stint though :twisted:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:34 pm

Thanks Lizet :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johannes van Niekerk » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:43 pm

Taken at Sable Hide (KNP) on March 6.

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My guess is Curlew Sandpiper... but these little waders are almost as bad as LBJ's!!!

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:00 am

Howdy Johannes! Curlew Sandpiper sounds spot on to me!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:21 pm

Curlew Sandpiper. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I spent Friday afternon in WCNP near Langebaan on the West Coast and even though the wind was howling and the tide very far out, I managed to get a couple of phots of the numerous waders that were in the water and would like some help with their ID.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:54 pm

Rookie,

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:53 am

6 lifers in one go! :dance: :dance:

I have no idea about waders, so thanks for the latest challenge Lizet!! :twisted: I suppose you think that I should get at least the last photo vaguely right now! :redface:

I also saw the common Whimbrel, ruddy turnstone, black winged stilts and a couple of black african oystercatchers.

Thanks so much for the input. Really appreciate it! :gflower:
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