The group of birds in the photograph are, of course, godwits Limosa. Their general proportions, together with their long, ever-so-slightly upturned, gently tapering bills, distinguish them from other superficially similar waders such as snipes Gallinago and dowitchers Limnodromus. The latter two groups both share long, straight, blunt-tipped bills. Additionally, the snipes all have characteri


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