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2 birds Mallorca (s'Albufera)

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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 08:12   #1
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2 birds Mallorca (s'Albufera)

Last week I took pictures of 2 birds that I can't indentify.

The first 3 pictures are maybe a Common Swift or a Pallid Swift - I'm not sure.

The next pics are maye a female House Sparrow.

Thanks for help.

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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 08:45   #2
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Carsten Hi,

I think we need a wee bit more visual information....than is being currently shown in your supplied images.

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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 09:02   #3
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Im getting a swift and some reeds
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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 09:12   #4
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I think your second bird could be a fan tailed warbler but I'm far from certain.
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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 12:31   #5
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Ahh ... i see it now ..seems like the right habitat for FTW and looks like one but hard to be 100%
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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 13:59   #6
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The trouble with House Sparrows in Spain is that they seem to get everywhere - I've seen lots of them in the reedbeds at El Hondo reserve near Alicante well away from houses!

I don't think there's enough detail in the reed photo to be sure of anything beyond "it's some sort of LBJ"
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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 14:04   #7
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[quote=Mark Etheridge;2202919 I don't think there's enough detail in the reed photo to be sure of anything beyond "it's some sort of LBJ" [/QUOTE]

I think the LBJ looks just right for a Zitting Cisticola - and the fact that its in Sharp-pointed Rush Juncus acutus helps, as they love them.

The swift does actually seem like a Pallid - but no way I'm going to stake a claim!
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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 14:47   #8
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The bird in the reeds is a Zitting Cisticola (Fan-tailed Warbler for the old-fashioned).

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Old Tuesday 26th July 2011, 16:27   #9
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The bird in the reeds is a Zitting Cisticola (Fan-tailed Warbler for the old-fashioned).

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Can you point out the salient features because I can't see it!...apart from what might appear to be a subtle pink buff wash on the breast sides (lighting?), and perhaps a bill that might be considered to big for an invertebrate hunter?
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Old Wednesday 27th July 2011, 14:49   #10
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Hi Ken. Not an easy task, that. I'll try: first of all the habitat. It's the bird you're most likely to see in a clump of rushes in Mallorca. SO we start with a good pointer. Then, although size is hard to judge, this is obviously a small bird, with very little detail visible. Nevertheless the plumage tones correspond in all areas to the plumage of a Zitting Cisticola, although perhaps the underparts look paler than depicted in most guidebooks (don't forget Mediterranean light), and the throat is slightly paler than the breast. The bill looks small and pinkish, again allowing for the light that is all OK.
I'm not a great gambler, but I would have very few reservations about betting at least 50 pence sterling that this bird is a Zitting Cisticola.

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I'm not a great gambler, but I would have very few reservations about betting at least 50 pence sterling that this bird is a Zitting Cisticola.
As a serial mis-identifier of ZC's, I'll cover your 50p Steve and raise you 2p that it's something else...

(See my posting history on ZC's which are my bogey ID birds in Spain)
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I'll follow Mark, but what's the limit?

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