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Dowitchers are medium-sized shorebirds with very long bills. While there are two species that occur in California, it can be challenging to differentiate between the short-billed and long-billed varieties.
Tranquility at sunsetDowitcher at sunsetDowitcher shows off its long billSubmerged dowitcherReflected dowitcherDowitcher fan dancePreening the feather tipsFeeding dowitcherDowitcher in blue watersDowticher in breeding plumageFeeding short-billed dowitcherShort-billed dowitcher in breeding plumageProbing dowitcherReflected dowitcherKnee deep in the mudDowitcher with submerged billDowitchers in the pondCalling dowitcherLong & LeanGodwit and dowitchers