Whimbrels are the most widespread of the curlews, occuring across the whole Northern hemisphere in the northern summer and migrating south in the Northern winter. They are medium-sized for curlews (40-45 cm) and can be told apart from the Eastern Curlew with a bit of practice by size, curve of the bill and the striping on the head.
1: Cairns Esplanade, Qld, 13/03/2012.
2: Cairns Esplanade, Qld, 13/10/2011.
3: Cairns Esplanade, Qld, 17/10/2010.