The Long-toed Stint or Calidris subminuta breeds in northern Asia and wintering in south and south east Asia and Australasia. Identifying this bird among the others, without experiences, can be challenging and sometimes you just have to ask somebody who knows better after spending exhausting hours in finding the right match on the internet. A book can be helpful though, but I always prefer the real photographs posted online.
This Stint can be a hidden deep within another flock of birds and it will be difficult to identify unless it is with its own flock as well. Migratory birds, waders and sandpipers, have similar physical features like colours, feather patterns or plumage, bill structures, and even habits. One of the joys in birding is identifying a certain bird; where it comes from, family, habits and food sources, and so on.
November 12, 2016
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR