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Marbled Godwit - alternate | by Len Blumin
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Marbled Godwit - alternate

The Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) is one of the most visible and impressive shorebirds on the West Coast, large in size at 18" and carrying a prodigious proboscis. The slightly upcurved bill is pink at the black at the end. At least that's the way it appears most of the year. In May the Godwits molt into alternate (breeding) plumage, with barring on the chest and maybe a lighter face. Some of them will a decided change in bill color, with orange color replacing the pink. They leave soon for southern Canada.

 

Taken May 6 at Doran Beach, Bodega Bay, California. Swaro 80,30X,DCA,Nikon 8400.

 

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Taken on May 6, 2008