Quite surprised to see one flying slowly down the valley.
Mostly conventional grey top, white underbelly, red spot on end of lower bill.
Pale bill with black tip, pale pinkish legs, mostly grey body. Maybe adult in 1st or 2nd winter.
The suborder Lari is the part of the order Charadriiformes which includes the gulls, terns, skuas and skimmers, with the waders and snipes making up the rest of the order. Following recent research, the auks are now placed into the Lari too; the family Glareolidae (pratincoles and coursers) might constitute a distinct suborder. Sometimes, the buttonquails are also placed here, but the molecular data and fossil record rather suggests them be a quite basal offshoot along...