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Adrian Posted 06-Mar-2018 19:56
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I've looked through my identification guides but can't find this bird (maybe it's because it's in winter plumage? and/or a juvenile?) Any help would be much appreciated.

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Adrian Posted 17-Mar-2018 18:32
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Gosh, 28 views but not a single suggestion. I'm a bit disappointed to be honest. 

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Karmann65 Posted 20-Mar-2018 13:31
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Don't be dissapointed Adrian. The bird in your picture is obviously quite unusual and is not pictured from a typical angle.

I'd hazard a guess at a Blackbird judging from it's low hanging wings, tail shape and it's longish yellow beak. Seen on a garden fence also backs up the theory. The white discolouration (strange looking as it is) is something that happens from time to time and nothing to do with winter plumage. Just one of natures oddities.

Hope this helps answer your question.

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Brian

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Adrian Posted 20-Mar-2018 19:04
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Thank you Brian, much appreciated. I understand your logic but when I look at a 'normal blackbird' the shape of the head seems wrong here. Saying that I have no better explanation!
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Karmann65 Posted 21-Mar-2018 10:03
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The visible leg is also a bit of a mystery as looks to be covered with feathers (which obviously a Blackbird would not have). It's certainly a great looking bird no matter what its' breeding.

ATB

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Handicap15 Posted 10-Apr-2018 10:02
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After puzzling over the picture I reckon this is a blackbird (albino mottling) in the action of taking flight. The position of the head suggests that it is eyeing an intruder from behind, presumably the camera operator. What appears to be feathered legs is in fact the right wing lowered or drooped ready for take-off. The left wing is similarly positioned. The head looks unusual for a blackbird but it is turned and tilted and not seen in usual view. Did the bird flit off the fence? If not then this explanation could be all wrong.  

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