Limosa limosa (near-threatened)
This larger, longer legged godwit is a rare Palearctic summer migrant to southern Africa. Besides its larger size, it can be distinguished from the similar hudsonian and bar-tailed godwits by its black tail and white underwing coverts.
When this rare species was first spotted at Marievale Bird Sanctuary (just before Christmas in 2012) I thought I had missed out on an opportunity to see it, as I was already overseas and only returning home two weeks later.
Fortunately the bird decided to stick around at the same spot where it was first sighted (about 500 metres south of the Shelduck Hide) and I was able to connect with it on the 19 January 2013.