Identify These Peeps

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Identify these peeps — photographed at Bolivar Flats, Texas.
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 4 June 2008 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/750s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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0 Responses to Identify These Peeps

  1. NPD says:

    Ooo! Ooo! Are they… Semipalmated Sandpipers?

  2. Nick says:

    Two semis up front, two Western in the back?

  3. NPD says:

    I stand corrected, sir. Should have looked more closely at the birdies in the back.

  4. Patrick says:

    Agree with Nick!

  5. John says:

    I agree with Nick, except that I would leave the back left unidentified since it’s not in focus and part of the bill is missing.

  6. Albatrossity says:

    I agree with Nick, except that I would leave the back left unidentified since it’s not in focus and part of the bill is missing.
    Yeah, but the back left bird still has too much rufous on the shoulder and crown to be a semi-palmated SP.
    Front two are semi-palmateds, rear two are westerns.

  7. bing says:

    I believe you’ll find that it is the elusive purple-breasted birthday bird. In molt.
    I feel good that I thought “sandpipers,” though.

  8. Bob O'H says:

    The one back left is an ostrich pretending to be an out of focus Western Sandpiper.
    So, what prize have I won?

  9. Drew Wheelan says:

    Looks like Goshawks to me.

  10. Ian says:

    Thems burds.

  11. Ian says:

    Now teh flurry of IDs has died down, I have to say it seems you gave it away by posting a picture slightly earlier in which you identified these very birds as “Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers”. Didn’t you?