in Estonia, Part 2
Uku wrote previously here and this is a follow-up to that post.
This is the male White-spotted Bluethroat with an ‘orange spot’ (but still white at the feather bases and actually visible as such in the field).
I had some fun ringing Little Crakes in Estonia (first ones ever ringed in Estonia). I managed to tease our weird Bluethroats in the process as well. Surprisingly we got two males (at least they didn’t have brood patch and would be very extreme-blue for females) from the same bush, which means they can have very small territories indeed. I think we don’t have any “normal” Whitespots left as one bird hasn’t got white spot at all (or actually very small white feather sometimes visible) and the other one is the “orange-spotted Whitespot” I mentioned in the previous post. The photos aren’t exactly the birdphotos of the year but we tried to keep the disturbance minimal and as we know, Bluethroats are very un-cooperative posers in hand. I cuddled them a little to make the feather bases visible.
This is a male White-spotted Bluethroat with limited white spot which can be invisible at times in the field.
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