ssp. suschkini- wonder what they really look like
Migrant Curlew have been apparent in the UK for the last couple of weeks and they bring with them some interesting opportunities to look and learn. 3 taxa are variously referred to. The western form Numenius arquata arquata, the eastern form Numenius arquata orientalis, and a third form Numenius arquata suschkini is sometimes included and sometimes or not by different authorities.
I have been looking at Curlew in detail for about 15 years now. This one still intrigues me. Will include other photos and more comment soon. July is here and its a good time to look at Curlew, their plumages and moults at this time of year anyway!
It’s the upper bird in flight and then on the ground. Can you see the subtle differences (how many?!) from Curlew normally seen in the UK. Let me know if you find any Curlew any that have all these features. Get photos!