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Redwing or Icelandic Redwing? January 30th, 2021, Dunes Dutch Coast (1 Viewer)


Frank van de Velde
Today I took these images of a group of foraging Redwings. I noticed that one was particularly dark (many dark stripes on breast and belly). Could this be the Icelandic subspecies (Turdus iliacus coburni)? Perhaps it's still not dark enough?

In the attached image the candidate bird is shown 3 times in the left column (3 images, each marked with a small purple label). In the other two columns (the 6 unlabelled images in the middle and right columns) are the much more common (in the Netherlands) Redwing ssp. iliacus. These 6 images are other crops of the same photos, included to be able to compare the birds with identical lighting.

Location: Dunes North Holland (North Sea coast, vicinity of Amsterdam, dune area between Zandvoort and Noordwijk: De Zilk)

(Also possibly, in the 2nd photo, the bird flying third from the right could be the same individual. But I'm not certain as I wasn't able to follow it between the images.)



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