January 14th, 2009, 09:47 AM
have i got these right?
As those of you who have read my last posts will know, my I.D skills are extremely limited, and i greatly appreciate the help i get from these forums. So i just wanted to check i had ID'd these two birds correctly.
My thinking is that the first is a female blackcap, and the second a Chiffchaff.
Last edited by exeter_uk; January 14th, 2009 at 12:47 PM.
January 14th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Yep, female Blackcap, and Chiffchaff (one word, not two!).
January 14th, 2009, 12:48 PM
Thanks Michael! (Chiffchaff now edited! )
January 14th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Spot on. The first is indeed a female Blackcap showing the nice brown cap! The second looks to me like a Chiffchaff although it is quite clean below and your photo makes it look long billed. Chiffchaffs are relatively straightforward to identify when you get your eye in although as a beginner they can be a little confusing I remember. The olive/green-brown tones above with the short dumpy wing are the best characters although the all black legs can also be used with some caution for tentative ID. They also tend to be quite vocal giving their Huuu-it whistle.
A quick tip: if you give the date and location of your photos, it is quite helpful as it narrows down the list of possibles and probables - but I'm guessing that these were taken in the UK quite recently?
January 14th, 2009, 01:14 PM
Thanks for the tips, yes they were taken in Exeter this afternoon! Thanks for the tips on Chiffchaff I.D, it was the Olive green colours that made me think it was a Chiffchaff, that and i thought that it was the most likely candidate in general.
January 14th, 2009, 06:58 PM
If you do a bit more work on these images (either using "Levels" or just "Shadows & Highlights") to correct for underexposure you will find that they are very nice and contain much more detail than your posted images suggest - very nice.
January 15th, 2009, 10:16 AM
I've had a go at adjusting the levels of the Blackcap, and put it in the forum gallery, the Chiffchaff wasn't so successful though.