Sometimes its the only view you get. Is there enough to identify it? Which of the 3 species which occur in the Western Palearctic is it?
The reduced amount of red on the bill and the slit shaped nostril point towards Black-winged and possibly the general tone of the birds visible upperparts seem quite dark brown.Also the lores look rather extensively dark , extending to the forehead, so I`ll say Black-winged..if it is one then it`s giving better views than the one in Cheshire today!!
Black-winged for me as well.
Sorry chaps, it’s not a Black-winged. Really appreciate you having a go. Maybe even better (than B-winged),and I struggled with it too (and I saw it in real life!). More on it soon.
Long dark line along the gape, dark forehead that doesn’t seem to contrast much with the dark lores. I’ll take a guess that this is the “new taxon for the WP” you were musing over and say Collared.
I’ll go for Collared based on amount of red on bill. Certainly an education if its not.
I think Martin is hoping for this species….
Oriental based on not enough red at base of bill for Collard and too much for Black-winged. Also not enough black around lores & forehead and base of bill for Black-winged
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