Nice casual trapping

During a nest control, we surprised an adult incubating very still on the nest. Sometimes, since they trust so much in their cripticity, it is even possible to trap them directly on the nest. This was the case for this not common visitor in our study area.

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Broad-billed sandpipers (Limicola falcinellus) that breeds in Fennoscandinavia winter in east Africa, Pakistan and south India. They normally breed in lowlands zones, not been usual to find them up in the tundra (see here). There has been recorded some individuals breeding in our study area during recent years, but it is for sure not a common species.

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Broad-billed sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) on the hand

After some days, we visit the nest again in order to ring the recently hatched chicks. They were been brooded by the adult when we arrived and right after we left we could observe the adult retuning inmediatly to continue given the warmth they need during their first days of life.

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Broad-billed Sandpiper chicks recently hatched

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2 thoughts on “Nice casual trapping

  1. paco July 1, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    muy interesante!!!

  2. Vincent July 2, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    WICKED! Even the chicks have really broad bills!

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