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“leptoptilos Javanicus” or Lesser Adjutant,wading bird

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Common Redshanks (in the Netherlands it is called tureluur)
Latin name
Tringa totanus
Family
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Overview
As its name suggests, redshanks’ most distinctive features are their bright orange-red legs. They have a medium-length bill with an orange base to match, brown speckled back and wings and paler belly.
Where to see them
Redshanks breed in damp places like saltmarshes, flood meadows and around lakes, but during winter you’ll see lots more of them on estuaries and coastal lagoons – as many as half of these birds may be from Iceland. The greatest concentrations of breeding birds are in parts of Scotland and north-west England.
When to see them
At any time of year.
What they eat
Redshanks hunt for insects, earthworms, molluscs and crustaceans by probing their bills into soil and mud.
Estimated numbers
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 38,300 pairs 125,800 individuals -
(ack: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide)

benny

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male birds have plumage that earlier went into women’s collar Hence the name. It is also known as kemphaan.(Dutch)

Philomachus pugnax
Family
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Overview
The ruff is a medium-sized wading bird. It has a long neck, a small head, a rather short slightly droopy bill and medium-long orange or reddish leg. In flight it shows a faint wing-stripe and oval white patches either side of the tail. It breeds in a very few lowland sites in eastern England, and it appears that numbers are dropping. It is a migrant but in the UK some birds are present all year round. Many young birds from Scandinavia visit the UK in late summer, then migrating on to Africa.
Where to see them
Best looked for on passage in spring and autumn in suitable habitat, particularly on the east and south coasts of the UK. Some birds overwinter, generally near the coast. Try some of the RSPB coastal wetland reserves, where there are lagoons, such as Titchwell, Norfolk.
When to see them
All year round
What they eat
Insects, larvae, frogs, small fish, seeds
Estimated numbers
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 37 males 700 individuals -
(Ack: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/r/ruff)
benny

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