Copeland Bird Observatory – Sept 3/4th

A collection of photos from a trip to Copeland Bird Observatory organised by the Belfast and Down Ringing Group on September 3rd & 4th 2016.

Sunrise over Mew Island

Sunrise over Mew Island

Early morning ringing at full swing - David, Kez and Laurence

Early morning ringing at full swing – David, Kez and Laurence

Ringing team from Belfast & Down Ringing Group at Copeland Island

Ringing team from Belfast & Down Ringing Group at Copeland Island

The hungry "lost" racing pigeon gets fed, after coming into the obs searching for food!

The hungry “lost” racing pigeon gets fed, after coming into the obs searching for food!

Some really clear examples of moult limits in Chiffchaffs born this year

Nice example of moult limit in first year Chiffchaff. The 4 unmoulted old greater coverts (OGCs) have a pale washed out sandy colour to the edge – September 2016.

First year Chiffchaff with moulted central tail feathers

First year Chiffchaff with moulted central tail feathers – new adult type feathers are broader with a greenish edge – September 2016.

First year Robin

First year Robin with speckled plumage, remains of gape and short bill – September 2016.

First year Robin in the middle of post juvenile moult - note missing inner greater coverts

First year Robin going through post juvenile moult – note missing inner greater coverts and 6 OGC’s with buff-orange tips. September 2016.

First year Robin with growth bars across tail feathers

First year Robin with growth bars across tail feathers – note pointed tips also. September 2016.

Small amount of brown remaining in crown feathers of first year male Blackcap

Small amount of brown remaining in crown feathers of first year male Blackcap. September 2016.

Subtle moult limit in first year male Blackcap - 1OGC

Subtle moult limit in first year male Blackcap – 1OGC. September 2016.

Pointed tail feathers of first year male Blackcap

Pointed tail feathers of first year male Blackcap. September 2016.

Tail feathers from two Female Blackcaps

Comparison of tail feather shape in female Blackcaps. First year (left) and adult (right). September 2016.

Wood Pigeon wing – suggestions on age welcome! September 2016.

First year Swallow with moulted body feathers

First year Swallow after partial post juvenile moult (moulted feathers on back, head vent and coverts show blueish tinge). September 2016.

First year Meadow Pipit following partial post juvenile moult

First year Meadow Pipit following partial post juvenile moult – moult limit evident in greater coverts (7 or possibly 8 OGCs).

Returning to the mainland

Returning to the mainland in the sunshine!

 

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