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  Ruff (F = Reeve)

 

 

Philomachus pugnax

(284) M 28 cm, F 22 cm; M 170g, F 100g

SEXES  Similar in non-br plumage, M much larger than F.

NON-BR  Distinctive scaled or scalloped upperparts, thickset appearance and shortish, dark stout bill (pink to orange-red in br). Legs orange coloured, though this sometimes varies in shades of yellow, pink, vermilion or brown. Birds with bright orange/red legs could be mistaken for Common Redshank but lack streaked underparts, and in flight the white secondaries. Small proportion of Ms whitish on head, upper parts and breast.

JUV  Similar to non-br ad but buffier.

STATUS  Common non ­br Palearctic migrant, main arrivals Aug/Sept, departure Jan/Feb. Gregarious, usually in small flocks.

HABITAT  Most inland water bodies; rarely on open coast.

FOOD  Aquatic insects and shrimps.

CALL  Mostly silent in winter quarters.

 

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Xini Lagoons

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L+1.4x Ext

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Nhabe River

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

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Nhabe River

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

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