|Not so much tram lines as black and white stripes, exposed primaries, black looking coverts with bold white tips, inconspicuous supercilium and contrastingly streaky crown... what more could I want?|
|...well, mostly pink lower mandible and streaky ear coverts.|
|It was worth visiting Hegurajima for the brief views of this fantastic bird alone!|
The only bird that might cause confusion is Red-throated and the other side of breakfast I conveniently found the following bird for comparison. One of the features that the literature often mentions in the separation of Red-throated and Pechora is that the latter has dark lores and the former pale lores. This doesn't always seem to be the case, in fact Red-throated often seems to have a very distinct blackish loral line. Red-throated is common enough in Japan for me to see fairly regularly but uncommon enough for me to pay them special attention. I wonder what I would have made of a dark-lored bird had I discovered one in the UK. Of course there are plenty of other features to have pointed me in the right direction but this could have been a source of confusion.
|A heavily cropped shot of the Red-throated showing the typical extent of white in t5.|
|This bird has a clear dark loral line and though this is often most obvious when birds are viewed head-on it's obvious from all angles in this case.|
|Another darkly marked bird from October a few years ago.|
|Again from a previous October, this bird has more suitably pale, unmarked lores.|