Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Southeastern Lesser Whitethroat at Skewen

A few more record shots of this cracking little bird, found and identified by Julie & Wayne Eustace in their Skewen garden. This is the first occurrence that I am aware of in our area of this form, though in Glamorgan similar birds have been recorded at Kenfig in 1982 and then in a Bridgend garden in February 2005.

...apparent colour varied according to the light conditions, the upperparts appearing darker in semi-shade,however, bird always had a sandy coloured back, with an obvious pale wing panel and small bill...
 ...in the open the bird appeared extremely pale and sandy, again note the very fine bill (possibly emphasised by soft focussing?)...

...underside of outer tail feathers appear extensively white, but with a suggestion of a dark shaft streak.

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