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dubai, United Arab Emirates

I think these are migratory birds we see them here only near the early morning hours at this time of the year. Any idea what birds these are? I thought herons but not sure which ones.

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PERTH, Australia

Check out Black-winged Stilt. Certainly Stilts in the first picture. Not sure about the bird in the second shot. It looks like its bill could be curved upward, but it might be the pattern of the water.

dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thank you yes the bird I saw looks quite like the black winged stilt. Except that the one I saw had yellow legs but I see most of the stilts have pink legs... does that matter?

PERTH, Australia

I'm not an expert and we have only a couple of Stilt species here, including the Black-winged Stilt. I've never seen one with yellow legs. Is the bird in the second shot the one with yellow legs?

dubai, United Arab Emirates

No the first one had yellow legs. It was definitely yellow legs. But I agree it looks a lot like stilts.

The second one, might be a gull or maybe an immature stilt.

dubai, United Arab Emirates

No the first one had yellow legs (or orange). It was definitely yellow/orange legs. But I agree it looks a lot like stilts.

The second one, might be a gull or maybe an immature stilt. It's beak was very small.

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PERTH, Australia

Nature does throw out anomalies. A Google search might be a good option. I had a look online and there is a Stilt Sandpiper that has yellow legs and another bird called a Greater Yellowlegs. I didn't go as far as checking if they're found in Dubai.

dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thank you Margaret. Yes I saw those two birds on google too. Thanks.. Dubai does attract sandpipers but I think I'll settle with stilt. Yes it was a stilt.

PERTH, Australia

I hope I've been helpful. All the best and happy birding.

dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thankyou

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