Here is the much hoped-for Bristle-thighed Curlew, a close relative of the Whimbrel. It is somewhat tricky to identify the curlew on the ground, but it shows larger pale spots on the upperparts and a widely banded tail; the "bristles," which are long filamentous feathers, can be seen if you are close. However, in flight its pumpkin-colored rump and tail base easily separate it from the Whimbrel, as does its sweet plover-like whistle. The breeding range of the Bristle-thighed Curlew is restricted to this part of Alaska; it winters on many Pacific Islands including Hawaii.
[photo © guide Dave Stejskal]