March 6th, 2008, 05:37 PM
This looks incredibly like something which it isn't; what is it (extra points for saying what it looks like)?
March 6th, 2008, 06:13 PM
I hope I'm not going to spoil the party by saying it looks like a female Bluethroat because I can't imagine what else it might be.
March 6th, 2008, 06:28 PM
Well done Dave. Not sure about it being female since it is a juvenile, but Bluethroat it definitely is.
I only decided to post this here because four people commented on my PBase gallery that I had misidentified this bird and that it was an "odd" Fan-tailed Warbler. I began to think so myself (mainly because of the bill shape and the tail) and had to go back to look at some other shots to convince myself. The bill certainly does look like F-t W.
March 6th, 2008, 07:03 PM
FTW doesn't have dark lores or moustachials
Originally Posted by Colin Key
March 6th, 2008, 07:04 PM
I've studied your very nice pic closely and I'm not getting any feel for a cisticola no matter how I try.
The bill does look a little odd but I put that down to soil or something, it doesn't look down-turned as a zitter might be. I'm not getting the tail either except that it is on the short side for a Bluethroat presumably because it's a juvenile as you say. The proportions are also very chat like too.
March 6th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Last edited by Red-eyed Video; March 6th, 2008 at 07:09 PM.
Reason: no such word as nake
March 6th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Well, I could have said it was a Red-throated Pipit.
March 6th, 2008, 08:04 PM
Dave, if that bill does not look decurved to you then you need new spectacles.
Originally Posted by Red-eyed Video
March 6th, 2008, 08:11 PM
And this is a 100% genuine "Zitt" which does not have a bill as nearly decurved or as slim as the bird in my original post.
March 6th, 2008, 08:15 PM