Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

ML69837811


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Kevin Lapp
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eBird Checklist S39365267
Ballona Creek--lower
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 33.9695, -118.4419 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags
Multiple species;

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Observation details

Walking on bike path along Ballona Creek, about 100 yards east of the Pacific St. bridge, I saw a godwit that caught my eye. The white eyebrow that was bright and extended back behind the eye is what caught my attention. It was with a couple other marbled godwits and willets and plovers. Besides the eyebrow, and perhaps a less-cinnamony coloring, it didn't look all that different anywhere from the marbled godwits (maybe slightly smaller). I was on it with my binoculars when it and another godwit flew off, directly away from me. I wasn't able to observe any underwing details, but I did see the back and tail. The rump patch appeared whiter, or at least contrasted a bit more with the back and end of tail than the rump of the Marbled Godwit it flew away with. I did not notice any obvious black at the end of the tail, or see any obvious white stripe in the wing, but I wasn't intentionally looking for those features. I can't say whether the rump was streaked or not. The birds flew WSW toward and beyond the Pacific Street bridge and I didn't see them land. Tide was rising, and not very low. The godwits and willets like this spot at low tide, often congregating in big numbers (usually mostly willets, often a couple dozen godwits). My first-ever birding police species find, 2nd-ever LA county record for eBird (other = 1976). Accepted by CRBC, record number 2017-092.

Technical Information

Model
NIKON D5100
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
300 mm
Shutter speed
1/1000 sec
ISO
400
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
6,247KB
Dimensions
4928 x 3264

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