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Old Saturday 24th November 2007, 22:16   #26
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No-one's answered my question as to why the original subject bird shows a pale nail. Howard says it has a "blackish bill tip", which I just can't see. To me it has a more adult-like white tip to the bill with, just possibly, a small smidgeon of black. It certainly doesn't have the classic black nail shown here...
http://www.birdguides.com/pictures/d...93&r=0&st=0&q=

Every other feature is, as many have said, consistent with 1st winter albifrons Whitefront and I don't want to deny that's what it is, just curious about this feature.

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Hi Graham.

Madge and Burn description of juv. W-FG is. Bill duller than adult, with dusky nail and occasionally with greyish shade along sides, becoming more as adult during 1st. winter.

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Old Sunday 25th November 2007, 03:10   #27
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No-one's answered my question as to why the original subject bird shows a pale nail. Howard says it has a "blackish bill tip", which I just can't see.
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The description of the bird in the email I posted from Nick in the UAE relates not to this set of pictures as taken by Adrian but to those that I took at the same time see http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php
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Apologies for the earlier link to the over flying Greylag geese, the picture in question is attached.
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Apologies for the earlier link to the over flying Greylag geese, the picture in question is attached.
The two birds in the photo are quite obviously Greylag..such large geese with pale underwing and extendive pale grey on the forewing could only be that species.

As to Graham's query, I think Twite answered it sufficiently. As WF Goose attain 1st winter plumage they begin to attain the paler bill tip and also the white 'shield' at the base of the bill.

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No-one's answered my question as to why the original subject bird shows a pale nail. Howard says it has a "blackish bill tip", which I just can't see. To me it has a more adult-like white tip to the bill with, just possibly, a small smidgeon of black. It certainly doesn't have the classic black nail shown here...
http://www.birdguides.com/pictures/d...93&r=0&st=0&q=

Every other feature is, as many have said, consistent with 1st winter albifrons Whitefront and I don't want to deny that's what it is, just curious about this feature.

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Collin's guide shows first-winter with a pale nail so must lighten quite quickly.
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Hey Rob

I don't think the Collins does show a 1st winter plumage at all does it? I thought it only showed juvenile and adult birds. I think it might have been misleading for me to use that in my description, as it is the juvenile that is illustrated with a dark tip which becomes a pale nail during their first winter.

WF Geese moult from juvenile into near adult plumage in their first winter and may by November/December already resemble adult White-fronts bill-wise.

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I don't think the Collins does show a 1st winter plumage at all does it?

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mine does, captioned albifrons 1st-w with a comment that the blaze develops from end of 1st winter

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I think a lot of the blackish colour on the nail is lost in light glinting off the bill. I've taken the liberty of farting around with the originals (decreased brightness and increased contrast, hope Adrian doesn't mind) and I don't know about you but I can see a grey smudge in the appropriate place.

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mine does, captioned albifrons 1st-w with a comment that the blaze develops from end of 1st winter

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Hey Rob..my bad:)

Getting confused without books to hand..as I said between juvenile and 1st winter.
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