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Great knot        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Many great knots winter in Australia, along with smaller numbers of their close relative the red knot.   These winter-plumage birds were photographed on a tidal mudflat off Buffalo Creek, near Darwin in the Northern Territory, where they were flocking with black-tailed godwits.   They were very shy and difficult to photograph; a long lens helped but these images are strongly cropped.   During processing I noticed that several were color-banded; it turns out they were captured in the area a few weeks earlier.   Another page shows birds retaining the heavily-spotted summer plumage.

  • Canon 7D2, 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)