|Short-billed Dowitcher (left) and Black-bellied Plover (right). Mission Bay, California. February 16, 2015. Greg Gillson.|
Even the long legs of the dowitcher--used to wade out belly-deep into the water--seems stumpy compared to the legs of the plover. However, the plover spends most of its time up on the beach, rather than wading. So they aren't often seen together like this for direct comparison.
The dowitcher is twice as long as the Least Sandpiper, and usually looks big compared to the other small shorebirds around it at water's edge.