Bahamas National Trust 40th Anniversary

This superb strip of five stamps shows part of a Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) colony, but also features three further species.  Stamps A and B both have distant Roseate Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja) in flight, while stamp E has a pair of Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus).  Also there are two waders on stamp B which have long yellow legs.  I suggest these are Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) but the images are so small that I cannot rule out Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes).

Update 28/3/99: Gaétan Duquette of Canada has done some measurements of the ratio of head to bill length which suggests that they are more likely to be Lesser Yellowlegs.

Greater Flamingo colony
Roseate Spoonbills ?? Yellowlegs Black-winged Stilts

If anyone has any views or further information about these waders, please let me know.

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Added 17 March 1999