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  1. MacNara

    Unknowns in Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda

    Sorry Alexander, but I changed my mind and my post. No-one else had tried, so I thought that my best effort despite not being much of a specialist, and not having been able to go to Africa for four years, would be helpful. But then trying to ID photo #2, I looked at my own photos from the area...
  2. MacNara

    Unknowns in Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda

    Deleted my previous post. On looking more carefully, and considering the range, I think that #2 and #5 are both female Northern Brown-throated Weaver.
  3. MacNara

    Oriental White-eye? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    James: Thank you for this comment. Looking at my own photos posted above, I can clearly see the yellow supraloral which otherwise I would have thought was 'just one of those things', and looking around at various internet photos, this seems to be a good feature. I'm less convinced about the...
  4. MacNara

    Oriental White-eye? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    Hi Niels; thanks for those interesting links. I'm annoyed by the name Warbling White-eye because it seems to link two groups which each have a lot of members (Warblers and White-eyes). But I'm also annoyed because the major component of the Warbling White-eye is what used to be the Japanese...
  5. MacNara

    Oriental White-eye? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    Thanks, Andy. I seem to be completely muddled in my head about these, and got them back to front again (as in my deleted post)! I thought Dixon's bird looks good for Swinhoe's (and writing 'Hume's' was an error) and thus my bird in Hanoi also (and I had looked at the distribution maps on...
  6. MacNara

    Oriental White-eye? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    I posted a reply a couple of days ago, but then deleted it because I had misremembered - I had it in my head that 'Warbling White-eye' was a combination of Japanese White-eye and White-eyes from Borneo, whereas it appears to be a combination of Japanese White-eye and other White-eyes that are...
  7. MacNara

    Little or Great Egret? August, North-West France

    Accepted. But it was quite striking looking back at my photos that all the birds with plumes had the deep lore colouring, and no other birds had these plumes. The sample is at least six of each plumage (in spring and summer; I'm not including winter birds), maybe more like ten (but just taken...
  8. MacNara

    Little or Great Egret? August, North-West France

    The point about the gape is correct. I'd like to pick up vilbs' point about the plumes on breeding Little Egret. vilbs' Little Egret is not in breeding plumage, but post-breeding plumage. Here in Japan, anyway, the lores on Little Egret become deep pink-red or even purpley-blue at...
  9. MacNara

    Falcon... Hobby? Eleonora? Other? Turkey, September

    Hi Niels: I thought (from looking at Birds of the World online) that this plumage would be correct for a 1cy bird, and the location - in September - just right for an early stage of the migration to southern Africa? I would assume it's just (western) Red-footed, and not Amur (eastern...
  10. MacNara

    Falcon... Hobby? Eleonora? Other? Turkey, September

    I blew up the photos just for my own education, and I post them here just in case it helps others. To me, from the books, it looks good for Red-footed juvenile, much better than the other suggestions. But I've never seen Eleonara and only adult Red-footed and Hobby, so this opinion is basically...
  11. MacNara

    ID please for prinia in Vietnam.

    Rufescent Prinia, I think
  12. MacNara

    long shot: Common Snipe (?) in flight | Izumi Crane Center, Kyushu Japan | march 2020

    The white trailing edge is fit only for Common Snipe; with that white trailing edge that's the only possiblity in Japan - and they are overwhelmingly the most common snipe seen here. And to be a little blunt, even if you couldn't clearly see a white trailing edge on these photos (as possibly in...
  13. MacNara

    Little Ringed Plover: male vs female

    Or...you could cite some reference to support your point; or not... As I very carefully said in my original post (#3): 1. I have never really paid attention to the differences the OP asked about, but on inspection of my own photos, I found a clear pair with visible differences - which might...
  14. MacNara

    Little Ringed Plover: male vs female

    We have breeding Little Ringed Plovers near my house in central Japan (Nara, near Osaka). To be honest, I've never really paid attention to any possible difference in plumage between males and females, and (most) books that I have don't say anything about any difference. Also, it's one of those...
  15. MacNara

    Black-faced Bunting, which subspecies? East of China.

    I've (over-)reached the limit of my knowledge. Your bird Dec.jpg in post #13 is what my imagination had as ssp spodocephala and so why I was sure your bird was ssp personata. But after John Allcock's comments, I can see that your Jan.jpg would probably also be ssp spodocephala - but even here...
  16. MacNara

    Black-faced Bunting, which subspecies? East of China.

    This thread hasn't yet ended in a satisfactory resolution for the OP Deanman. I'll try to summarise in the hope that someone else with more (or different) experience of these ssp might join in. In central Japan where I am, E. spodocephala ssp personata are a very common winter bird. I have no...
  17. MacNara

    Black-faced Bunting, which subspecies? East of China.

    Sorry John, I wasn't clear. I meant that for my photo three in post #9, taken near my house ('here') and which I think looks a lot like deanman's bird, there is no reason to consider ssp spodocephala in my opinion since nothing that looks like adult ssp spodocephala has been seen in this area...
  18. MacNara

    Black-faced Bunting, which subspecies? East of China.

    Hi John; That's a very good observation. I have no experience of ssp spodocephala which is occasional at Hegura, but not elsewhere in Japan as far as I know. I wonder if it might be the case that younger birds of the various ssp resemble each other more than the adults do? As regards your point...
  19. MacNara

    Black-faced Bunting, which subspecies? East of China.

    Firstly, let me say that I was a bit extreme in my criticism of the illustration in Birds of East Asia. Some birds do look like the adult male depicted, but fully developed males have a full mask which goes around the eye, and gives the bird its new name, and so an illustration of this would...
  20. MacNara

    snipe | march 2020 | Izumi, Southern Japan

    The white edge at the rear of the upperwing, clearly visible in all your photos, indicates Common Snipe.
  21. MacNara

    Black-faced Bunting, which subspecies? East of China.

    There are three ssp of Black-faced Bunting, E. spodocephala: spodocephala, sordida and personata. The first two have a grey bonnet down to the breast. Your bird is a male personata - which is sometimes split as 'Masked Bunting'. This is the ssp which we have in Japan (apart from accidental...
  22. MacNara

    Flycatchers - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Both Taiga and Red-breasted turn up as winter vagrants in Japan. Red-breasted is much more common, it seems. This surprised me when was first told it, since the natural range of Taiga is much nearer. Maybe it's that some Red-breasted migrate west to east, so it's easy to overshoot and end up...
  23. MacNara

    Flycatchers - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    The second bird is surely a Mugimaki, I think a 2cy male. I'd be interested in why you think the first bird is Red-breasted, not Taiga, since Taiga is the overwhelmingly more likely bird in your location. Also, Red-breasted would be a rarity, yet you say there were several together? The...
  24. MacNara

    Duck at Titchwell, UK

    Surely the 'pale subterminal band', or in layman's terms the whitish bit between the black tip and the rest of the black bill, rules out Canvasback. which doesn't show this feature? (I think it's got some gubbins on the end of the bill from its dabbling which may also make it look like the bill...
  25. MacNara

    A Great Egret with stout bill? China

    Hi Xuky. Are you sure that photo 1 is the same bird as the other photos? I note from the photo numbering that photo one was taken significantly before the others. In photo one, the bird does appear to have a deformed bill, in that the tips of the bill seem to meet, but there is a gap between...
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