|This shot just about shows the unstreaked rump of Siberian Stonechat
|Note the hint of an eyebrow in this shot
|Although I had limited time, the bird came reasonably close...
|...but never gave me a clear opportunity to photograph the unstreaked rump in full.
All this post-hoc-sub-species-specific-identification-by-DNA-analysis-of-potential-future-armchair-ticks is a bit confusing for the humble field birder. Though I suppose it does at least level the playing field between us duffers and proper birders when only the folks in white coats who are happy to poke around in bird turds know what we are all gawping at. Fortunately, I managed a brief gawp last Friday morning between packing cases for a week on the Isles of Scilly, more on which later.
|A typical pose...
|..and an amazing record given the likely origin of this bird