13 November 2010

Water Pipit at Llanrhidian

After a fruitless search this morning I more-or-less bumped into my first Water Pipit of the winter half an hour before dusk, while waiting for some horses to cross over the road at Llanrhidian .
As described below, note the warm brown tones to the upperparts, the indistinct markings on the back, clean white underparts with neat brown streaking and the broad supercilium flaring behind the eye (note this is a variable character). The yellow and black bill pattern is also pronounced in this classic-looking individual, but not all are this obvious. Buff-bellied Pipit would be nice now!


Mark Hipkin said...

Nicely done Barry. The photos of both species are great. Very handy to have the posts next to each other and the Meadow Pipit photos a bit further back. Its a bit like having a tricky local species section.

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