Sunday, 26 December 2010

Feather de-pigmentation in Hooded Crow

Birded at Bull Island, Dublin, yesterday lunchtime in astonishingly picturesque weather conditions. Not sure there has been such a complete carpet of snow here in late December for many years. As always, the birds were excellent with plenty of Pale-bellied Brent Geese and Pintail along with the usual selection of waders and wildfowl - such an excellent city birding site.

One of the highlights for me, after recent posts, was a Hooded Crow showing feather de-pigmentation! Plenty of other species in this shot to give a flavour of the diversity at this site.

Here are a few more shots taken at the Bull Island causeway.

 Meadow Pipit finding little in the snow - it was foraging on thistle heads instead.

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