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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 21st May 2020, 07:54
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By johnallcock
Agreed

Agreed
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 19th May 2020, 10:12
Replies: 27
Views: 1,112
Posted By johnallcock
Sorry, saying 'this photo' is misleading. I...

Sorry, saying 'this photo' is misleading. I actually meant the entire set, so should probably have said 'these photos'.

I'm not sure what you mean when you say that the black on Taiga 'blends into'...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 19th May 2020, 03:46
Replies: 27
Views: 1,112
Posted By johnallcock
This one looks like Taiga to me. The difference...

This one looks like Taiga to me. The difference is in the uppertail coverts, not the rump, and they look black here but are not easy to see.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 19th May 2020, 03:44
Replies: 27
Views: 1,112
Posted By johnallcock
I don't really agree with Muppit and MacNara. I...

I don't really agree with Muppit and MacNara. I think the OP bird has black uppertail coverts that do not contrast with the tail, suggesting Taiga Fly. The black bill and grey tones also support...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 12th May 2020, 03:50
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By johnallcock
Agreed

Agreed
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 9th May 2020, 07:59
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By johnallcock
#1. The bird on the left is one of the Kentish...

#1. The bird on the left is one of the Kentish Plover complex. I think the one on the right is as well, but it's interesting that it seems a lot larger. As for species, I'm not sure whether they...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 9th May 2020, 07:47
Replies: 22
Views: 1,077
Posted By johnallcock
Thanks for an interesting discussion on this...

Thanks for an interesting discussion on this bird. Very useful.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 9th May 2020, 07:46
Replies: 1
Views: 216
Posted By johnallcock
I don't think this is a Brown Shrike for a few...

I don't think this is a Brown Shrike for a few reasons:
- Brown mask, similar to crown. Brown shrike typically has a much blacker mask than this.
- Square-ended tail, not as rounded as on Brown.
-...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 8th May 2020, 13:58
Replies: 22
Views: 1,077
Posted By johnallcock
Unfortunately I also tend not to see so many this...

Unfortunately I also tend not to see so many this late in the spring. I know that the wing bars in late winter are often quite worn and the upper wing bar is not always visible. I don't think these...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 6th May 2020, 01:07
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By johnallcock
The snipe is interesting - the overall pale...

The snipe is interesting - the overall pale colour, especially on the wing coverts - fits some of my expectation of Latham's and structurally the tail seems a bit longer than I expect for...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 5th May 2020, 06:46
Replies: 22
Views: 1,077
Posted By johnallcock
One question I would have is whether the...

One question I would have is whether the vocalisations you have recorded are calls or introductory notes to a song. To my ear, the recording seems to include various different vocalisations, and it...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 29th April 2020, 00:39
Replies: 29
Views: 1,386
Posted By johnallcock
I didn't say that Daurian was likely, I realise...

I didn't say that Daurian was likely, I realise that it is rare. What I said was that it is more likely. I consider that a species that breeds in China/Mongolia/Russia and winters in SE Asia, with...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 28th April 2020, 01:06
Replies: 29
Views: 1,386
Posted By johnallcock
I'm not entirely sure whether there really is...

I'm not entirely sure whether there really is chestnut behind the eye, or whether this is an illusion caused by the angle of the light. From this viewing angle it looks slightly more like a shadow to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd April 2020, 03:06
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By johnallcock
It seems to have quite long, slim wings to me,...

It seems to have quite long, slim wings to me, which may favour Pied. But I'm not entirely sure from these photos.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd April 2020, 03:04
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By johnallcock
I agree with Daniel and Steve. The snipe is...

I agree with Daniel and Steve.

The snipe is Common - broad loral stripe, obvious dark bar on cheek, relatively long tail, long bill, bold gold stripes on upperparts, large white belly patch.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 18th April 2020, 02:08
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By johnallcock
I would say Shikra, moulting from juvenile to...

I would say Shikra, moulting from juvenile to adult plumage.
The barring on the breast seems too fine and extends too far for Besra I think (although I am more familiar with South China subspecies).
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 18th April 2020, 02:04
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By johnallcock
In fact, I think the confusion arises because the...

In fact, I think the confusion arises because the head stripes are affected by the bird facing away from the camera. The bird does have the dark stripes through the eye and crown, but these are less...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 11th April 2020, 14:32
Replies: 12
Views: 973
Posted By johnallcock
I think the primary projection on this bird may...

I think the primary projection on this bird may not be as simple as it seems. I think the bird seems to be in primary moult (I can only see one long primary tip, then a big gap before the next...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 7th April 2020, 00:47
Replies: 15
Views: 572
Posted By johnallcock
The colour combination (black over green, on the...

The colour combination (black over green, on the right leg) show that the bird was flagged in the Gulf of Thailand (http://www.eaaflyway.net/documents/wg/eaaf_shorebird_flag_2011.pdf).
If you have...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 6th April 2020, 15:30
Replies: 15
Views: 572
Posted By johnallcock
#1 is a male Lesser (Tibetan) Sand Plover...

#1 is a male Lesser (Tibetan) Sand Plover moulting into breeding plumage. The mask is blackish, whereas on a female this would be much browner. Greater would have a larger, heavier bill, larger head,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 6th April 2020, 09:10
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By johnallcock
It's difficult from this angle, but I would say...

It's difficult from this angle, but I would say that the legs look a bit too long for Red-necked, and the bill seems fairly fine-tipped. It is more likely to be a Little Stint, which is commoner...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 6th April 2020, 01:45
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By johnallcock
Are we confident on #3? I got a Niltava...

Are we confident on #3?
I got a Niltava impression on this bird, especially with the rufous tones on the face. I have never seen female Ultramarine for comparison but online photos look greyer with...
Forum: April 5th - Self Isolating Bird Sightings Sunday 5th April 2020, 12:30
Replies: 69
Views: 2,625
Posted By johnallcock
John A's list (Hong Kong) 5th April

Joining in from Hong Kong (we're all in this together, right?)
I live in a village, with woodland behind the house and scrubby farmland in front.
It's been a gloomy, drizzly day, but that helped to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd April 2020, 00:00
Replies: 8
Views: 356
Posted By johnallcock
I'm not sure you can see the tail on this bird....

I'm not sure you can see the tail on this bird. There is a combination of two leaves to the left of the bird that looks like the tail (see attached) but I think the tail is actually hidden behind the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 2nd April 2020, 02:10
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By johnallcock
Amur and Blyth's PF don't occur in the...

Amur and Blyth's PF don't occur in the Philippines, so it's unlikely to be from there.
As far as I remember, white morph males are quite common in Borneo (Blyth's borneensis). According to HBW Alive,...
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