Am I geteting looser and lazy or I can't really figure out how to distinguish japonicus from rubescens (something I think was easier for me in the past) ?
could anybody tell my why the recent posted photos of this bird from Ireland is not a japonicus?
I could see pale legs, not really booble-goom pink but jet paler than I know within rubescens variability, paler bill, quite obvious pale eye-ring, white wing bars, strong underparts streaking, reaching into lower flanks, brownish hue to upperparts, quite white underparts...
I can't see well malar stripe and tirangles
What is odd for me for japonicus is that I think the bill should be a bit stronger and longer and possibly heavier (as Water vs. Rock Pipit), the streaks should be darker than upperparts colour, blacker, the legs may be a bit paler ??, the supercilium may be whiter
so pale underparts could be in this bird due to sun-bleaching and abrasion?
I wonder that ...
And the legs'?
Help me please