Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Orpheans in the Undergrowth

the last week i have moved by to the pistachio plot, where i have ringed approximately 60 birds, half of these have been Eastern Orphean warblers, of which all but one have been youngsters.the youngsters leave the breeding grounds before the adults who hang around to do a bit of moulting, see the sites, relax on the Med islands etc. The adult i caught showed typical suspended moult of the 3rd and 4th secondaries.

Juv Orphean warbler with dark brown eye

Juv wing with moulted inner greater coverts

Adult bird with light eye

Adult wing with 3rd and 4th secondary unmoulted
Other highlights this week have included a Great grey shrike and a Hoopoe.


Great grey shrike

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