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RE: swan goose identification
The identification of Swan Goose Anser cygnoid is as follows. Check it out and identify what you have seen. 81-94 cm. Large goose with bi-colored neck and all black bill. Dark brown crown, nape and
Hi First time user, so hope I do it right. Took photos from hide in Wicken Fen of this little bird. I think it might be a juvenile, not sure which. Green finch (beak too small?) Goldfinch
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WITH a view to getting some of the scarcer tubenoses on your British list – and particularly Balearic Shearwater – you book a pelagic trip off the south-west coast in late summer to increase your chances of seeing some of these legendary species. Luck is with you and a small flock of shearwaters and storm-petrels is lured in by the pungent chum knocked together by the captain of your shark-fishing boat.
However, as you decided to charter your own boat rather than take one of the more established pelagic tours, there is no experienced birder or guide on board. You have no choice but to identify the birds yourself.
A subtly brown-tinged individual glides past and is clearly part of the Manx Shearwater species complex. But is it your desired Balearic Shearwater, or is it another Manx – or perhaps something even rarer?
It drifts close enough for you to note all the diagnostic features and you’ve got good sharp images of it. Using what you have learnt from our comprehensive ID photo guide in the July 2015 issue of Birdwatch, can you spot the tell-tale diagnostic plumage and structural differences that will help you determine which species this bird is?