GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)
The greater yellowlegs is a common shorebird that breeds on the island. ‘Greater’ implies that there’s also a similar ‘lesser’ yellowlegs. The greater yellowlegs feeds from various insects and crustaceans found in shallow waters. It is around 16 inches long (40 cm). The bill is dark and longer than the head. Plumage is brown on top with fine white stripes, and white for the abdomen.
The video below shows two greater yellowlegs near the shore of Egmont Bay (the voice is from wildlife biologist Rosemary Curley).