adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-09-27)

Marbled Godwit
Limosa fedoa

Native Range: North America

Notes: a large brownish sandpiper with a long distinctive bill that it uses to probe into mud or sand; breeds on prairie regions of the continental interior, winters along coastal marshes, beaches, and estuaries, often in flocks.

frontal view; buffy underparts, dark legs (California, USA; 2009-03-22)

stretched wing; long two-toned recurved bill (California, USA; 2007-09-27)

rufous on wings in flight (California, USA; 2007-09-27)

coming in for a landing (California, USA; 2007-09-27)

feeding in sand (California, USA; 2007-09-27)

standing on one leg (California, USA; 2009-11-11)

flying across an oyster bed along the coast (California, USA; 2006-03-21)

speckled brownish back; pink base to bill (California, USA; 2006-09-30)

with Whimbrel for comparison, in background (California, USA; 2006-03-01)

posing for a portrait of its long upturned bill (California, USA; 2011-09-09)

in a mixed flock with Willets and Dowitchers (California, USA; 2011-12-09)