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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 18:47   #1
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Warbler help - Saudi Arabia

Could you help me to identify these two warblers (?) Both were photographed today in the Easter Province of Saudi Arabia. I'm having a bit of trouble identifying them with the field guide I have. My Middle East field guide is still en route from Amazon.
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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 18:50   #2
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Second looks like Graceful Prinia. Will check the range.
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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 18:57   #3
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Yes, confirm the second - Graceful Prinia - Prinia gracilis hufufae.
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Yes, confirm the second - Graceful Prinia - Prinia gracilis hufufae.
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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 19:03   #5
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Agree with Graceful Prinia. Other looks very tricky. More pictures would be helpful.
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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 19:19   #6
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Agree with Graceful Prinia. Other looks very tricky. More pictures would be helpful.
Andrew I hope this helps.

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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 19:26   #7
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Is the first one not a chiffchaff?
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Willow?
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Is the first one not a chiffchaff?
Judging by the new picture, I would say not. Maybe acredula Willow Warbler?
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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 19:33   #10
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Plain Leaf Warbler

short tail and all that...

very non descript

nah scrub that... need me books

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The first bird looks to be a Chiffchaff to me, with the green edges to the flight feathers perhaps pointing to Siberian chiffchaff !
Certainly dosent look like a bog standard Chiffy anyway.
Dont know if thats plausable or just me making a prat of myself !!
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Willow, a fresh spring bird due to complete spring moult of Willow, no emarginated p6, long primary projection, pale legs to ment. some characters (all of these alone- excludes neglectus).

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Old Thursday 27th April 2006, 20:09   #13
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unfortunately i aint got any books here Jan at the moment...!

must be a Willow on primaries, legs, yellow/green tinge etc

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Thanks for the replies guys. I think I'll stick to easier birds in future.
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I love it when I'm right. It feels even better when Jan says so :)
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Hi AJDH,

Nice shots.
I spent nearly 2 years in the Riyadh area and only came across Graceful Scrub-Warbler once at Thumamah. Chiffchaff was very common on passage though.

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Sorry made a mistake here, it was Streaked Scrub-Warbler near Riyadh, only saw Graceful Prinia in Dubai!

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Hi AJDH,
Nice shots.
I spent nearly 2 years in the Riyadh area and only came across Graceful Scrub-Warbler once at Thumamah. Chiffchaff was very common on passage though.
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Hi Tom,

I've seen quite a few gracefuls in the Eastern Province and certainly heard a lot more.

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lovely Prinia shot Adrian ... did you get any more?
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lovely Prinia shot Adrian ... did you get any more?
I got a couple through a fence. It was almost dusk and I was shooting at 100th sec. so they are not very clear. I'll put one up when I get home. At the moment I'm in Starbucks with my laptop and I don't have the pictures. I do have a picture of a disgraceful prinia, which I've attached.
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I got a couple through a fence. It was almost dusk and I was shooting at 100th sec. so they are not very clear. I'll put one up when I get home. At the moment I'm in Starbucks with my laptop and I don't have the pictures. I do have a picture of a disgraceful prinia, which I've attached.
These are the shots through the fence. They would have been great but for the fence and the gloom. Maybe next time.
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fence and gloom aside, still rather nice
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