Name: Spotted Redshank
Scientific name: Tringa erythropus
Nature Stars: 70
About: A large, elegant sandpiper, about 32cm long. In the spring, adults are almost entirely blackish, with white spotting on the back and some white barring down the flanks. In non-breeding plumage they are pale grey above and silvery white below, with a dark
How to identify: The only other wader with red legs, the Redshank is smaller with shorter legs and a shorter bill with much more red on the base. When they fly, Spotted Redshank are dark, with a white 'cigar' shaped patch on the back.
Where: A scarce visitor on migration to shallow wetlands inland and around the coast.
Fantastic fact: Spotted Redshank will sometimes swim in deep water to get closer to their shrimp prey.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc