NORDMANN'S or SPOTTED GREENSHANK
This bird, classified as endangered, was thought to nest in trees almost entirely on Sakhalin Island, and migrates to South-East Asia,
where most birders catch up with them. Much habitat has been lost but it seems the total area is larger than once thought. In non-breeding plumage similar to Greenshank, but the jizz is quite distinctive once learnt. The most obvious
feature, particularly at range, is the "bathtub" shape of the undertail, a feature rarely mentioned in field guides. Not long after we left Oz a long-stayer, the first record for Eastern Australia,
turned up at Cairns.
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