Waders (Shorebirds) Photographed in Coastal and Wetland Habitats
Thick-knees, Oystercatchers, Plovers and Stilts
Thick-knee, Oystercatcher, Plover and Stilt Notes
Apart from the Eurasian Oystercatcher, South Island [Pied] Oystercatcher and Northern Lapwing that are ‘Red List (2019)’ assessed as ‘Neat Threatened’, all other featured species are ‘Least Concern’.
Several endemics are displayed in the gallery: The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus galapagensis) a Galapagos endemic subspecies and two New Zealand endemics; the South Island [Pied] Oystercatcher (Haematopus finschi)2 and Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor).
The variable oystercatcher is polymorphic in plumage and size. A black morph features in the gallery. The other recognised morphs are intermediate and pied.
HBW Alive does not recognise the Black-necked Stilt as a full species3.
Jacanas, Sandpipers/Snipes, Crab Plover and Pratincoles
Jacanas, Sandpipers/Snipes, Crab Plover and Pratincoles Notes
The great knot is ‘Red List (2019)’ assessed as ‘Endangered’, the Eurasian curlew, bar-tailed godwit, red knot and grey-tailed tattler are ‘Near Threatened’ while all other featured species are ‘Least Concern’.
Three subspecies of whimbrel (N.p. variegatus, alboaxillaris and hudsonicus) feature in the gallery. One authority4 has given full species rank to N.p. hudsonicus I.E. American or Hudsonian Whimbrel (Numenius hudsonicus) although it does not seem to have gained much acceptance. I’ve not photographed the nominate subspecies. N.p. hudsonicus.
There are two common redshank images displayed. The nominate species Tringa totanus totanus photographed in England and T. t. eurhina5 in Singapore.
1 Charadriiformes includes twenty bird families with over 380 species ranging from shorebirds to gulls and auks. Some taxonomists divide Charadriiformes into five suborders: Chionidi, Charadrii, Limicoli, Turnici, and Lari. I’ve included images of the first three suborders in this photo album. I’ve split the families from Suborder Lari across three photo albums: Dromadidae (Crab Plover) and Glareolidae (Pratincoles) in this photo album and the other two in Laridae (Gulls, Terns and Skimmers) and Alcidae (Auks) separate photo albums. I’ve not photographed Turnici (Buttonquail).
2 HBW Alive lists the South Island [Pied] Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus finschi) as a European Oystercatcher subspecies while the other major checklists (Clements, Howard and More, IOC Word Bird Names and J Boyd) raise it to full species status (Haematopus finschi).
3 HBW Alive lists the Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus himantopus mexicanus) as a Black-winged Stilt subspecies while some checklists (Clements, IOC Word Bird Names and J Boyd) raise it to full species status (Himantopus mexicanus).
4 Sangster, G., et al (2011). Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: seventh report. [online] Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01155.x [Accessed 21 Aug. 2019].
5 HBW Alive list three possible subspecies that winter in S E Asia: ussuriensis, terrignotae and eurhina. Identification based on reference Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (2019). Tringa totanus eurhinus. [Online] Available from: https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/dna/organisms/details/540. [Accessed 18th August 2019].