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Wrongheaded

AN OBVIOUS feature distinguishing a whimbrel from its close relative the curlew is the prominent pale stripe on the crown of its head. You could, therefore, have hardly chosen a better photo of a bird showing its crown (your report, 30 January) to demonstrate that the illustrated specimen wasn’t a whimbrel.

Malcolm Ogilvie

Bruichladdich

Isle of Islay

 

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