It was in October of last year at Quidi Vidi Lake that I found this small bird. I looked through all the resources to try to identify it. When I was unsuccessful, I submitted it to several of the resident birders in St. John's who advised me that it is a Hudsonian Godwit.
Then, in October of this year, I came across this bird that is much more like the Hudsonian Godwits in the books and posted on the Internet. I am very confused about why these two birds of a feather look so different. The first bird is much more gray and is much smaller than my latest find. What accounts for the difference? I really don't know.
It is interesting that the Hudsonian Godwit was found in two very different locals. One is knee-deep in water and the other is knee-deep in grass (actually a hay field, I think.)
This Godwit was particularly wary of people and could not be approached or it would lift off. I had to settle for shots taken from quite a distance, while the first bird was very relaxed with my presence. Note: The first picture was taken with my Sony point and shoot camera. The second set of shots were taken with my Canon with a 300 mm lens.
If any one knows why these two birds look so different, please submit a comment.