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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 17th May 2018, 06:31
Replies: 3
Views: 111
Posted By johnallcock
It's a female White-throated Rock Thrush....

It's a female White-throated Rock Thrush. http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=2483&Bird_Image_ID=131497&Location=

Nice find!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 16th May 2018, 05:44
Replies: 2
Views: 394
Posted By johnallcock
I would say it's very difficult to judge from...

I would say it's very difficult to judge from this image. The bird is slightly more advanced into breeding plumage than the others, which is one reason for the supercilium appearing more prominent....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 16th May 2018, 00:28
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By johnallcock
I agree with Little Egret. In addition to the...

I agree with Little Egret. In addition to the points made above the bill and legs look too short for a spoonbill.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 16th May 2018, 00:26
Replies: 1
Views: 87
Posted By johnallcock
Yes, definitely.

Yes, definitely.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 15th May 2018, 11:56
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By johnallcock
I'm concerned that you have photos of unfledged...

I'm concerned that you have photos of unfledged chicks. Have these birds been taken from a wild nest?
This is a forum for wild birds, and the removal of birds from the wild should not be supported...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 9th May 2018, 01:08
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By johnallcock
The birds at Mai Po last winter are generally...

The birds at Mai Po last winter are generally considered to be serrirostris: thick necks, dark heads and deep bills with obvious 'grin patch'.

I would have said the Hokkaido birds are also...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 5th May 2018, 22:48
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By johnallcock
I agree, definitely Olive-backed Pipit. I do...

I agree, definitely Olive-backed Pipit. I do occasionally see them in reedbed edges.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 5th May 2018, 00:44
Replies: 12
Views: 263
Posted By johnallcock
That concerned me, that the bib did not seem very...

That concerned me, that the bib did not seem very extensive onto the breast for ObS, but looking around I thought that photos like the one I linked showed that from a certain angle below the bird it...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 4th May 2018, 15:31
Replies: 12
Views: 263
Posted By johnallcock
I think it's a sunbird - the bill shape and small...

I think it's a sunbird - the bill shape and small size fit. Possibly Olive-backed given the tail length/shape and yellow underparts - the head pattern looks too dark, but maybe that's due to the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 01:16
Replies: 22
Views: 574
Posted By johnallcock
It looks like a Shikra to me, especially with the...

It looks like a Shikra to me, especially with the plain, pale plumage and the hint of gular stripe.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 01:06
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By johnallcock
I agree that the flycatcher looks better for...

I agree that the flycatcher looks better for Taiga or Red-breasted. I'm not sure I could say which from this picture though.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 24th April 2018, 14:38
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By johnallcock
Did you get any more pictures? For me, on this...

Did you get any more pictures?
For me, on this picture the bird looks better for Red Collared Dove e.g. the tail looks short for Eurasian (but hard to tell at this angle), the rump and tail looks...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 24th April 2018, 14:28
Replies: 21
Views: 430
Posted By johnallcock
Based on the ranges given in HBW, birds in...

Based on the ranges given in HBW, birds in Uttarakhand should be kumaiensis. I think you do have photos of both Himalayan subspecies in Opus (at least, you should on the basis of ranges), but I think...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 24th April 2018, 05:30
Replies: 21
Views: 5,429
Posted By johnallcock
Isn't mtDNA the basis for commonly-accepted...

Isn't mtDNA the basis for commonly-accepted splits of e.g. Stejneger's Stonechat, Eastern Yellow Wagtail and Japanese/Cinereous Tit?
Meanwhile Two-barred Warbler is split despite sharing a mtDNA...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 23rd April 2018, 14:04
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By johnallcock
One comment here: Asiatic Dowitcher, which is the...

One comment here: Asiatic Dowitcher, which is the species most likely to be seen in Korea, does have black legs.
Even so, these photos are Bar-tailed godwits.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 17th April 2018, 11:07
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By johnallcock
The buff underparts are more a feature of autumn...

The buff underparts are more a feature of autumn juveniles than of adults, which can seem duller and browner:...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 17th April 2018, 00:47
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By johnallcock
It looks like an Accipiter to me, with pale and...

It looks like an Accipiter to me, with pale and plain plumage and a dark eye. Maybe a Shikra?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 16th April 2018, 23:55
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By johnallcock
The warbler looks better for Radde's to me, with...

The warbler looks better for Radde's to me, with fairly thick pink legs and what seems to be a short, thick bill (but hard to be sure on these photos).
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 16th April 2018, 23:48
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By johnallcock
My initial reaction was Arctic, but looking again...

My initial reaction was Arctic, but looking again I agree that Two-barred/Greenish could fit.
But can anyone clarify why this is plumbeitarsus and not obscuratus? I am never clear about which...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 16th April 2018, 09:45
Replies: 5
Views: 126
Posted By johnallcock
For me, the legs are too dark and upperparts too...

For me, the legs are too dark and upperparts too bright green/yellow for a Pale-legged. It looks more like an Eastern Crowned Warbler to me.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 12th April 2018, 14:21
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By johnallcock
Large bill, relatively large size (compared to...

Large bill, relatively large size (compared to the Marsh Sand), long tibia, narrow orange breast band - all good features for Greater. Greater is also much commoner than Lesser in HK at this time of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 11th April 2018, 01:13
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By johnallcock
Yes, the leg colour is quite variable. I think...

Yes, the leg colour is quite variable. I think this does look like a Dusky Warbler, but it would be useful seeing some more photos from another angle.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 8th April 2018, 22:54
Replies: 7
Views: 161
Posted By johnallcock
The white on the head is breeding plumage in...

The white on the head is breeding plumage in Great Cormorant and is grown in late winter - we have a large wintering population in Hong Kong and it is noticeable that these get white heads from about...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 8th April 2018, 22:48
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By johnallcock
I think the contrast on the spotbills is...

I think the contrast on the spotbills is exaggerated slightly by the strong lighting here. But they do show contrast between the pale head and dark body, especially the males. Your photo shows the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 6th April 2018, 01:21
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By johnallcock
They seem to form group territories. You will...

They seem to form group territories. You will often see around 5 or 6 individuals together, which tend to be in the same area every day. I'm not sure about the relationship within the group, but it...
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