Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
I'm in the weavery zone. Like Fern I've got that annoying feeling that it's intangibly familiar somehow too!
1. I would really like to hear which 'large weaver' Tib thinks the original bird is or might be. It's very unusual for Tib to comment in a vague fashion. Adding Tib's vagueness to the many alternative IDs, it does seem that this is a somewhat unusual bird (or at least photographed in a way that makes it look unusual).
Sorry if my posting was a little cryptic, but with a 9 months old toddler to take care of, I don’t have much time to type long comments these days..
The reason I was vague is that the quality of the pic simply didn’t allow to go further than large weaver sp in my view. And the 2 species I had in mind were Village and Speke’s.
From what I have read later on the thread Speke’s is more likely but I still don’t see how Village can be objectively ruled out. Even with the 2nd set of pics (that may show a different bird). Indeed I am currently on Mauritius and was watching (introduced) Village Weaver just yesterday and well, one juvenile looked very similar to the 2nd bird ...