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Taken at Saltcoats on 17th September 2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.


Winter Plumage
Taken at Black Ness on 14th February 2010 using Nikon D40X
with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
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Breeding Plumage
Take at Tiree on 30th July 2013 using Nikon D40X
with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
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Taken at Titchwell on 30th June 2016 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.

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Species :
Local names:
Calidris canutus.
Red Knot, Black Knot ( In Europe just Knot )
Site Of Nest:


Breeding Period:
Inland, on the ground near water.
A shallow scrape lined with leaves, lichens and moss.
On the breeding grounds, Knots eat mostly spiders,
arthropods, and larvae obtained by surface pecking,
and on the wintering and migratory grounds they
eat a variety of hard-shelled prey such as bivalves,
gastropods and small crabs that are ingested whole
and crushed by a muscular stomach.

23 - 26 cm.
47 - 53 cm.
The head and eyes are small, with a short neck and
a slightly tapering bill that is no longer than its head.
It has short dark legs and a medium thin dark bill.
The winter, or basic, plumage becomes uniformly
pale grey, and is similar between the sexes.
The alternate, or breeding, plumage is mottled
grey on top with a cinnamon face, throat and breast
and light-coloured rear belly.
Late May - Early June,
3 to 4 light olive to deep olive buff, with a slight gloss