Godwit puzzle

Almost breathless first thing before a SW breeze picked up. Some cloud but plenty of sunny spells.

Heysham skear - low water 09:45 (MD)
Great Crested Grebe 15
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Eider 1
Little Egret 8
Curlew c35
Bar-Tailed Godwit 1 male in full summer plumage - the puzzle is, is he late leaving for the breeding grounds or very early returning?
The male's summer plumage didn't evolve to be an effective camouflage. But that is exactly what it is on the similar coloured skear.
He's just to the right of the central Oystercatcher 

Fortunately, a little easier to see when he moves.