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looks like it is in non breeding plumage.
IUCN conservation status ..... Least concern.
overexposure on the chest is the answer.
Coverts and back aren't patterned correctly for Bar-tailed. The rufous edging to the feathers is much more of a Marbled thing. I'd say the overexposure on the chest is what is making it look so washed out.
Yes, looks like Bar tailed
Manisha,in a Bar tailed Godwit,The breast returns to an off-white colour once the breeding season is over.The breast does look off white,does it not?http://www.arkive.org/bar-tailed-godwit/...Also , Bolsa Chica does have them on their list of birds.
Don't know about Marbled because there are none in India. But I'm pretty certain it is not a Black tailed. in breeding the undeparts are reddish.Juvenile has cinnamon underparts. Looks like Bar tailed. Nice spotting. Hope someone provides a definite identification
Tricky to tell them apart in non-breeding plumage .The best way is when they are in flight ,the Black-tailed has white wing bands and the Marbled wings are plain .My leanings are towards Marbled ,but there are probably a lot more people on this site ,who can give a more definitive answer.Good luck .Paul.
thnx Kathleen.There is another type of Godwit. the Bar tailed Godwit,which made the news recently.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...
Isn't it nice to see a bird that is Least Concern?! Nice spotting.
Spotted on Feb 2, 2014 Submitted on Feb 9, 2014