SZ8797 : Black-tailed Godwits and a Redshank on the mudflats

taken 2 years ago, near to Pagham, West Sussex, Great Britain

Black-tailed Godwits and a Redshank on the mudflats
Black-tailed Godwits and a Redshank on the mudflats
A large flock of these waders flew in and landed on the mudflats of Pagham Harbour as we were crossing SZ8797 : Pagham Wall. My knowledge of wading birds is too limited to have identified them with certainty, however the Geograph community came to my rescue and they were quickly identified as Godwits - with a Redshank (Tringa totanus) front centre. However the question remained as to whether they were Black-tailed or Bar-tailed Godwits.
The fact that when in flight I had observed a distinctive white flash on their wings determined that they were the Black-tailed species (Limosa limosa).
Here is a summary of some of the helpful comments I received:
The Redshank is smaller, with a straight bill. Black-tailed Godwits have straight bills, Bar-tailed Godwits have slightly up-curved ends to their bills. Curlews which are considerably larger, have down-curved bills (as does Whimbrel, which is a small stripey-headed curlew). Greenshank have a slightly upcurved bill, just bigger than a Redshank but would appear paler and unlikely to see this many so close together.
Thanks to LinkExternal link LinkExternal link and particularly LinkExternal link

Here is a good little video from the BTO to help tell Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits apart LinkExternal link

BTO Information: Black-tailed Godwit LinkExternal link
BTO Information: Redshank LinkExternal link
Pagham Harbour :: SZ8796
Pagham Harbour is a natural harbour in West Sussex. It is south of the city of Chichester and near the towns of Pagham and Selsey.
Whether it is a bay or estuary is a debateable point.
It is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Local Nature Reserve, a Special Protection Area, and a Ramsar site. Its shingle spit is further designated a Geological Conservation Review site. In spring or autumn rare migratory birds can often be seen. Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve covers 1,450 acres of salt marsh, mudflats, farmland, copses, lagoons, reed beds and shingle beaches.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 1 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Pagham Harbour 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 8763 9761 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:46.2879N 0:45.5188W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 8763 9773
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