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 Post subject: Rhos Point 19/3/11
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:44 pm 
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After a wasted hour on the Great Orme I picked Rhos Point at high tide as my next destination. It was fairly quiet with no sign of any Purple Sandpipers but the usual suspects were there, Turnstones being by far the most numerous.
Whilst I was there the sun was teasing me from behind the clouds but I did manage this Redshank pic.
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Star bird was this very smart Rock Pipit which came parachuting in over my head, singing as he descended. I've never noticed such a striking eye-stripe on these birds. I'm guessing that this was a male as "he" was followed a few seconds later by a much plainer bird which I'm presuming was the female.
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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Yes only the males sing like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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This is an interesting pic Mistyduck. To my eyes this bird shows some characteristics of Scandinavian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus littoralis) approaching summer plumage.

The well defined, pale and obvious supercillium behind the eye, grey mantle and scapular tone, broad white covert bars, pale underparts and pale throat are all strong features for littoralis.

The large amount of streaking underneath is quite strong which is not good for scandinavian and even though this feature seems to be pretty variable this is perhaps too strong for a scandinavian I think? Full summer plumage birds should have a pinkish wash reminiscent of Water Pipit which this bird also lacks.

A tough form to get to grips with though. Any thoughts?
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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Henerz1 wrote:
Full summer plumage birds should have a pinkish wash


It's not full summer yet! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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mistyduck wrote:
Henerz1 wrote:
Full summer plumage birds should have a pinkish wash


It's not full summer yet! :)


There's a dammed good chance it will still look like that this Winter......are we getting a summer this year i wonder ?

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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IMO a Scandinavian Rock Pipit.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Looks like the same bird I photographed a couple of weeks back. I will admit I couldn't tell if I had photographed a Water or Rock Pipit :oops:

Some kind soul on Bird Forum identified it as a Scandinavian Rock Pipit its a great looking bird and that eye stripe is really stricking.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Missed this earlier. Excellent picture. Looks like littoralis to me. Nice one.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Probable 'lottoralis' Rock Pipit still at Rhos Point today on beach area and boulders in front of the point buildings. Cracking supercilium on it.
p.s. good call Henerz and good picture Adrian

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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The supercilium is really striking on what is really an LBJ!

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Same bird, different angle
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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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That's a cracking photo Adrian. I think the supercilium is some aberrant feathering which makes it likely to be a strange looking 'pertrosus' Rock Pipit. The colour seems to be white as opposed to the buff white thtoat, malar stripe and breast. No wonder the Supercilium stood out a mile!

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Having broken the rule of never i.d.ing a bird from a single photograph I agree with Marc's last post.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhos Point 19/3/11
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Hoping to have a wander along there later this morning - first time in ages.

Lovely images Adrian

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