|Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Chilean name: Zarapito pico recto
|Caulin, Chiloe, Chile
The Hudsonian Godwit breeds in lowland marshes in the tundra of North America from Alaska to the Hudson Bay. Almost the whole population, reckoned to be about 50,000 individuals, gathers at Hudson Bay and James Bay in Canada before flying south over the west Atlantic towards Argentina and Chile. Jaramillo states that "over 50% of the world's population winters in large bays of Tierra del Fuego, with 25% wintering in inlets of Chiloe island."
|They certainly didn't seem that numerous in early December. The largest group I saw was of 12 individuals.
These photos are of birds in non-breeding plumage. It is grey above and whitish below with a white supercilium and dark lores. The bill is long, fleshy-pink becoming gradually darker towards the tip and slightly upturned. The legs are black.
|In flight it has a black tail, a white rump and a white wingstripe. The underwing coverts and axillaries are black.|