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Juvenile Wheatear (Queyras, France, August 5th 2020) (2 Viewers)

Frank-birding

Frank van de Velde
A year and a half ago I saw this juvenile Wheatear in the French nature reserve Queyras. Altitude ± 1700m/5500ft in lush alpine terrain.
I can't determine if it was a Northern Wheatear of a Black-eared Wheatear (with Northern Wheatear much more likely, I think, a bit too far inland and high-up probably for Bleck-eared?).

Can an ID be made from these images? Only head and breast detail is visible unfortunately (with a small detail of the wing in the first image) as the bird remained partially hidden.

Regards, Frank
 

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Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
A year and a half ago I saw this juvenile Wheatear in the French nature reserve Queyras. Altitude ± 1700m/5500ft in lush alpine terrain.
I can't determine if it was a Northern Wheatear of a Black-eared Wheatear (with Northern Wheatear much more likely, I think, a bit too far inland and high-up probably for Bleck-eared?).

Can an ID be made from these images? Only head and breast detail is visible unfortunately as the bird remained partially hidden.

Regards, Frank
Totally hidden for me Frank!!!!
 

Frank-birding

Frank van de Velde
Sorry Richard, I had to repost the images as somehow I managed to upload each of them twice.
I hope that the bird will be only partially hidden again after a reload of the page ;)
 

CARERY

Well-known member
Wheatears are a difficult group even more so when they are juvenile... your photos don't show the back/wings/tail. To me it is impossible to ID it with any confidence. The rather uniform head (lacking any sign of a supercilium) and the buffish breast weakly contrasting to the lighter belly are perhaps better for Black-eared, but far from sure...
 

Frank-birding

Frank van de Velde
Thank you Carery for looking into this!
A pity the bird didn’t show a bit more of itself. Ah well, at least it was there, looking cute, for me to observe and enjoy.
Regards, Frank
 

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