Scientific name: Tringa totanus
Nature Stars: 40
About: A large sandpiper, about 26cm long. Brownish all over with a paler belly. Redshank have a long straight bill, red at the base and black at the end, and long bright legs. Redshank are typical waders, feeding in shallow water around lakes, on marshes and ar
How to identify: The only other wader with red legs, the Spotted Redshank is larger, with longer legs and a longer bill with a small but noticeable hook at the very tip. When they fly, Redshank have a white triangular wedge up the back and a wide white triangle on the rea
Fantastic fact: Large numbers of Redshank come here from Iceland to spend the winter around our coasts.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc