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Severn Barrage: getting our shanks in a row

Although not wishing to be labelled as a 'twitcher', I feel I must correct your bird recognition skills in the photograph accompanying the Severn Barrage article (NCE 8 November).
I appreciate that identification of waders can be difficult. However, the longer, finer bill of this bird with a distinctive drooping tip, together with an eyestripe and prominent white supercilium would indicate that the bird is not a Redshank but a Spotted Redshank.
A cracking photograph nevertheless!!

IAN WHITTLE, group engineer - bridge maintenance, Lancashire County Council,

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