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Numenius phaeopus


ne of the most wide-ranging shorebirds in the world, the Whimbrel breeds in the Arctic in the eastern and western hemispheres, and migrates to South America, Africa, south Asia, and Australia. It uses its long, down-curved bill to probe deep in the sand of beaches for invertebrates, but also feeds on berries and insects.


Breeds in various tundra habitat, from wet lowlands to dry heath. In migration, frequents various coastal and inland habitats, including fields and beaches. Winters in tidal flats and shorelines, occasionally visiting inland habitats.


Sorry for the terrible photo guys! It was a long ways off with a short focal length!

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LarryGraziano 12 years ago

Thanks StarLeaf!

starleaf 12 years ago

I'm no expert in wildlife nor photography, but this shot speaks volume - a lone bird in jagged yet beautiful natural habitat.

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Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Spotted on Dec 11, 2011
Submitted on Dec 12, 2011

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