For over a week now, I wasn't motivated enough to sit down and edit the footage of this sandpiper species. I thought it was just a Wood Sandpiper, a very common migratory bird.
Then, during a casual browsing of the clips, I noticed that the bird is way much larger than a Common Sandpiper when the two were caught in the same frame. The CSP is 8 inches in total length, while the WSP is 8.25 inches.
I brought out my Kennedy Guide, and started to examine the new bird's features that are not color related (my color blindness prevents me from discerning color differences). Aside from the larger size, the white eyebrow is very short, hinting that it might be a Green Sandpiper. I then went through one of the footage to see if the tail barring is visible. Voila, the distinct tail barring (which differentiates it from the WSP) can be seen!
This bird is a lifer for me. 😊
(Thanks to Desmond Allen for confirming the ID.)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus, migrant)
Habitat - Uncommon in freshwater marshes, particularly in wet drainage ditches and on the shores of small ponds.
Size - 9.50 inches total length.
Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 3, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod, manual exposure in available light, recorded at 4K/29.97p, processed to 4K/23.976p (80% slow motion).
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