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Old Thursday 10th December 2009, 00:18   #6
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Originally Posted by Tib78 View Post
Hi Lou,

Apparently,this pic wasn't taken in spring, but just a few days ago...
You will correct me if am wrong but it looks like none of the primaries and secondaries have been replaced, and they look pretty fresh. So it should be a 1st winter or?
If this picture was taken only a few days ago it would be a unique bird in a very unusual plumage for December. Firstly because this bird would then have juvenile primaries that are at least 18 months old without exessive wear and without any visible moult. The same goes for the lesser coverst, there is still a strong brownish hue to the part that is visible in the picture. A head and bill like this on a 2cy bird is uncommon but not unheard of in late May/June but it should be in moult from July/August at the latest. Combining those two unlikely characters in December seems very unlikely.

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