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Siberian Rubythroat - m - Lamma

Siberian Rubythroat - m - Lamma

Have been waiting expectantly for one of these to turn up.
Looks like a first winter bird as the throat colour isn't at its brightest..... noticeably though, as with last year at the pond, the red throat lacks the black band around the red area, as compared to all the other birds I have seen posted elsewhere in previous years.
Tai Shan West, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Tuesday, 28th November 2017
D500 300 AFS 1:4D

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Yes, a first winter bird - note one retained (juvenile) greater covert with a white tip and slightly paler colourof fringe.

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Thanks Michael... but regarding the fringe around the red area... I had several different birds visit the pond last season, & none had the black fringe.... am sure they were not all juvenile

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Hi Guy, the black band you refer is variable but not according to age.

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Thanks Paul

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A 2nd male, this time adult, to visit the pond this season...
Tai Shan West, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
08:56 - Sunday, 3rd December 2017
D500 300 AFS 1:4D IF-ED

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Not sure if is the light, or my camera settings, but this bird seems to have slightly darker/richer plumage than that of yesterday... possibly a 3rd male to visit the pond in quick succession.... also seems to a have alight black fringe on the throat, lacking on the other 2..
Tai Shan West, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Monday,, 4th December 2017
D500 300 AFS 1:4D IF-ED

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Looks like a 4th Siberian Rubythroat male to visit the pond... is a 1st winter male with the throat having even less colour than the 1st image posted here...
Tai Shan West, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Tuesday, 5th December 2017
D500 300 AFS 1:4D IF-ED

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Has been brought to my attention this last image is most likely a female

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