Lesser Yellowlegs - Kleine Geelpootruiter

Lesser Yellowlegs

Kleine Geelpootruiter

Tringa flavipes

Pictures: Teus Luijendijk

Only just a week after having hosted a juvenile Wilson's Phalarope, the famous "Putten near Petten" hit the news again. Now, a juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs was reported in this little coastal marsh that previously hosted Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper, Dougall's Tern, Marsh Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plover, Cream-coloured Courser, an as yet unidentified orange-billed tern, etc., etc. The light was once again quite dark when I made these video shots, but they still show the most important identification features of this N-American wader, like a long attenuated body, a straight and rather short needle-like bill, a neat pattern of pale notches along the upperpart feathers, and of course the long bright dark yellow legs.

  Lesser Yellowlegs  -  Kleine Geelpootruiter  Tringa flavipes   juvenile; videograbs (320x).
  de Putten, Camperduin NH, The Netherlands, 21 September 2002.


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