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 Taken at that wonderful place Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui
Because the birds are in different molt patterns it's difficult to define whether they are long-billed or short-billed dowitchers - the key features for differentiating is the plumage and not the bill, unfortunately. But it is definite enough to label them as dowitchers. If you hear them vocalize, the short-billed dowitcher has 3 quick notes and the long-billed has one note.

They have a distinct "sewing-machine" feeding (up and down, up and down)

from: Glynnis L. Nakai, Refuge Manager
Maui NWR Complex
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Date:   11.08.2009 23:13

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