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Willow warbler? Basra Province Iraq (1 Viewer)

bhutjoe

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Id help please. I am thinking this is a willow warbler from its yellow-greenish tinge, eyebrow stripe, pink lower mandible. However, I am not sure if the dark legs and pinkish feet work. But I expect to be corrected:)
Taken September 17 at about 3pm at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq. It was in a small bush a foot from the river. It was quite still, just moving its head from side to side, for about 10 minutes, sitting on the small branch. No sound.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Jonno52

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While I'm not familiar with the birds of your region (and I've not seen Bonelli's) this does look like a Willow Warbler. As Roland says, leg colour isn't absolutely reliable and it's better to look at structure (the primary projection). I posted several photos of a dark-legged Willow Warbler in August 2019, eg this.
 
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bhutjoe

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Thank you Roland, John and Pat very much for taking the time to comment, very much appreciated. I will keep a look out for primary projections in the future. This is a lifer for me so really appreciate all the comments.
steve
 
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