Monday 12 January 2015

Siberian Chiffchaff; another visit in brighter light

The previous post about the Red-breasted Flycatcher in Hyogo was slightly out of place chronologically. At first light I was on the banks of the Mukogawa (Muko River), also in Hyogo but part of the greater Osaka conurbation, to get another look at the Siberian Chiffchaff I'd first seen mid-afternoon last Friday in very different light conditions. Friday's visit had been under heavily overcast skies, whereas this morning the strong morning sun was slanting in across the broad river into your right eye.

The bird appeared soon after I did, it was very active dashing round looking as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Though it would disappear, often flying onto an island in the river, it was never gone for long. What really struck me was how it could be browner/buffer this morning, more tristis-like in fact. I'd expected the brighter conditions to further accentuate the greens in the plumage but not so, if anything it had looked greener in the duller conditions three days earlier. Even in these shots it shows itself as something of a chameleon.

These are a few of the newer shots...

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