|Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
|The Coorong, SA, Australia
The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper breeds in the tundra of north-east Siberia and migrates southwards mainly to Australia and New Zealand where they arrive in September / October. Here it tends to congregate on inland wetlands and on tidal mudflats and coastal lagoons. They fly back north around April.
|The bill is about the length of the head and is pale grey and straight or slightly decurved. The legs can vary in colour from yellow to olive-grey. The crown is dark brown which emphasises the whitish supercilium. Upperparts show feathers with pointed dark centres surrounded by buffy edges. Underparts are whitish with brown streaks.|
|In flight the legs protrude just slightly beyond the tail tip. The tail is wedge-shaped and dark brown in the middle with lighter brown sides. The wings have a narrow whitish wingbar.|
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