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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 24th May 2020, 13:23
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By SteveMM
Cheers, Andy. Yes, I do see what you mean. In...

Cheers, Andy.

Yes, I do see what you mean. In view of the rarity of CIF here, though, I was looking for ways to explain how a Great Frigatebird might come to have an underpart pattern like this one,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 24th May 2020, 11:18
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks again, Andy. Will do! The impression I...

Thanks again, Andy. Will do!

The impression I got from the paper was that the breast band of juvenile frigatebirds gradually breaks down and whitens from the centre, which could then leave isolated...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 24th May 2020, 08:44
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks, Andy. I read the paper you link to...

Thanks, Andy.

I read the paper you link to before I posted and came to much the same conclusion. I had a hard time matching this bird to either Great or Lesser Frigatebird, but could see no...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 24th May 2020, 00:18
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By SteveMM
Juvenile/Second-year Frigatebird, Tainan Taiwan May 2020

I think this is an 'older' juvenile frigatebird as the black breast sides/tabs have not yet been replaced with white. I thought it must be Great Frigatebird in the field due to the shape of the belly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 9th May 2020, 10:21
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Yes, thanks John. Although this bird didn't quite...

Yes, thanks John. Although this bird didn't quite live up to the promise I at one point thought it might have, discussion of it has nevertheless been educational and rewarding.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 9th May 2020, 06:48
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
I received the attached JPEG from Roy Slaterus...

I received the attached JPEG from Roy Slaterus this morning (who has kindly given permission for me to post it here). Roy is the author of the article on The Sound Approach website linked to in #6. I...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 5th May 2020, 14:05
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks, John. You make vaild points as...

Thanks, John. You make vaild points as always.

Out of interest, do you see many spring Two-barreds in Hong Kong that lack the upper wingbar? As I said in #1, I have only seen autumn individuals...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 4th May 2020, 02:44
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Sorry to drag this one up for a second time, but...

Sorry to drag this one up for a second time, but after reading the article Grahame linked to in #6 and looking at the sound token I recorded, this bird once again is causing me problems.

The article...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 3rd May 2020, 08:42
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By SteveMM
A Japanese Bush Warbler for me with all the...

A Japanese Bush Warbler for me with all the rufous in the wings and the long tail. Eastern Crowned would have pale lower mandible and wingbar. I think northern birds are supposed to be...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 30th April 2020, 14:33
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks for the detailed response here, Grahame. I...

Thanks for the detailed response here, Grahame. I was disappointed not to be able to get a clear shot of the p1 on this bird (which I like to try and capture on any Greenish-types I find), but it did...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 30th April 2020, 14:21
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks, Andy. The somewhat 'plain-faced' look...

Thanks, Andy.

The somewhat 'plain-faced' look had more of a Greenish feel about it to me, too, but the trisyllabic call always suggested otherwise. With 'looks' apparently out for Two-barred, I had...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 29th April 2020, 13:59
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks for the various links, Grahame; I'll trawl...

Thanks for the various links, Grahame; I'll trawl through them.

The May bird from Beidaihe does look similar in many respects, including the presence of yellows in the face and below. The attached...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 29th April 2020, 13:25
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Gerben, Chiefly calls, yes, which would...

Hi Gerben,

Chiefly calls, yes, which would eliminate any kind of Arctic Warbler.

'Presumably' Two-barred as (i) the calls fit and (ii) any other member of the Greenish Warbler complex would be...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 29th April 2020, 02:18
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By SteveMM
Phylloscopus from Tainan, Taiwan, April 2020

Presumably a Two-barred Warbler, I find the colour scheme of this one peculiar (although it may be being affected by surrounding foliage). I’ve only seen autumn Two-barreds before, and they’ve tended...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th March 2020, 08:17
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks for the correction, Grahame. I took as a...

Thanks for the correction, Grahame.

I took as a starting point p5 showing the greatest space between its tip and the tip of the next-nearest feather inwards (p6) (which is suggested by the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th March 2020, 02:08
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
Hi John, That's just a slight nick in the outer...

Hi John,

That's just a slight nick in the outer web of that primary I think. Primary spacing is the same on both wings.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 07:15
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Mac, Thanks for your comments. I hope you and...

Hi Mac,

Thanks for your comments. I hope you and your family are keeping safe there in Japan, too.

I've tried to compare the wings of both pairs of birds (my 'red and yellow pair' and your 'red and...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 01:35
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By SteveMM
Agree with Brown-headed Thrush, too. Steve

Agree with Brown-headed Thrush, too.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 01:20
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
I'll accept your apology, Mac, if you'll accept...

I'll accept your apology, Mac, if you'll accept mine. If there's a negative interpretation of things available to take, I tend to take it; that's just in my nature. I was looking forward as a young...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 29th February 2020, 10:36
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
I took the photos down as the remark 'slighty...

I took the photos down as the remark 'slighty reddish bird' in #12 was sarcastic in nature.

As Grahame's comments in #16 make no sense without them, I've put them back up, but I can't help but feel...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 28th February 2020, 14:44
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
Point taken. I did post in #11 to offer an...

Point taken.

I did post in #11 to offer an opinion about the bird in the OP is all. Sorry I'm not able to deal with the follow-up questions. Hopefully another contributor can help out with...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 28th February 2020, 14:08
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
I've added a White's Thrush to #11 above. To me,...

I've added a White's Thrush to #11 above. To me, the differences between the two are striking.

AFAIK, 'Scaly Thrush' involves a number of different taxa, all of which differ from one another in some...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 28th February 2020, 13:08
Replies: 56
Views: 2,496
Posted By SteveMM
The breeding birds on Taiwan are essentially...

The breeding birds on Taiwan are essentially entirely russet-toned above, lacking the bright yellow-golden tones of White's. You have a White's Thrush there IMO.

Steve

Left: the resident breeding...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th September 2019, 01:31
Replies: 15
Views: 729
Posted By SteveMM
I thought I'd update this as one or two people...

I thought I'd update this as one or two people have shown interest in the thread.

I saw 40 Aerodramus SP over my coastal woodlot yesterday morning, a quite astonishing sight! There has been movement...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 13th September 2019, 05:03
Replies: 15
Views: 729
Posted By SteveMM
Do I detect a degree of scepticism there,...

Do I detect a degree of scepticism there, John?

FWIW, I had another two 'swiftlet sP' locally last weekend and a further three this morning (I've been at work during the interim). This will continue...
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