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Showing posts with label 4th May 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4th May 2013. Show all posts

Tuesday 21 January 2014

BLACK TAILED GODWIT (Limosa limosa) on 4th May 2013 at the Horse Marsh, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

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The Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) is of the family Scolopacidae which is in the genus Limosa. This large, long-legged and long-billed shorebird's breeding range extends from Iceland through central Europe as well as central and northeastern Asia. In the autumn, it migrates south to spend the winter in southern and western Europe, sub Saharan Africa, southern Asia and parts of coastal Australia. The species breeds in fens, damp meadows, moorlands and bogs. In the winter, it occurs on estuaries, lake shores, and in damp coastal fields.
As well as being colour ringed this bird's GPS transmitter aerial can be clearly seen.
There are three subspecies recognised; 
  •  Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit - (Limosa limosa islandica) 
  • European Black-tailed Godwit - (Limosa limosa limosa) 
  • Asian Black-tailed Godwit - (Limosa limosa melanuroides)

Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) distribution map
Yellow breeding     Blue wintering     Green breeding resident
J. Schroeder, CC BY-SA 2.5 <>, via Wikimedia Commons