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Golfe Dulce, Puntarenas
Costa Rica


Make Nikon D2X
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 mm f/2.8G   at 224 mm
Exposure 1/500 s, f/6, ISO 200 
Image size 800 x 531 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Charadriiformes   Family  Scolopacidae

Deutsch  Regenbrachvogel Dutch  Regenwulp
Italian  Chiurlo piccolo Spanish  Zarapito Trinador


The whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland. This is a migratory species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration.[2] It is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season.This is a fairly large wader though mid-sized as a member of the curlew genus. The English name is imitative of the bird's call. This species feeds by probing soft mud for small invertebrates and by picking small crabs and similar prey off the surface. Before migration, berries become an important part of their diet. It has also been observed taking insects, specifically blue tiger butterflies.The nest is a bare scrape on tundra or Arctic moorland. Three to five eggs are laid. Adults are very defensive of nesting area and will even attack humans who come too close.


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Jean-Michel PAULUS