Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dunnock tail

Although not immediately obvious from the photo, this is a young Dunnock caught on the Isle of White Ringing Course which had replaced four outer pairs of tail feathers, but not inner two pairs. Not sure what to make of it as tail moult usually starts from the centre and moves outwards, unless it was a very freakish accident that happened to be symmetrical! Thanks to Chris Lilley for the photo.


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