NJ1169 : The Greater Hooded Birdwatcher

taken 7 years ago, near to Burghead, Moray, Great Britain

The Greater Hooded Birdwatcher
The Greater Hooded Birdwatcher
This species is found all year round, but in Burghead it tends to be more common in winter, coinciding with the influx of wintering birds from Arctic habitats. It tends to form larger flocks at weekends, and when on short migrations from inland roosting places termed 'hotels', but at other times can occur singly or in small groups. Plumage varies widely in both summer and winter, but in winter hoods are worn, usually of the same colour as the back. It can be difficult to tell the sexes apart in winter plumage, but is generally easier when they are in summer plumage. Curiously-shaped tools are carried and displayed. It is postulated that the size of these tools may be an indication of the individual's standing in the community. Courtship displays and mating behaviour are rarely observed, and mixed groups of adults and young are unusual.

The birdwatcher should not be confused with the twitcher, a subspecies whose habits are rather more specialised; for example TF7545 : Great Knot twitch, Titchwell RSPB
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 January, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 17 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 1167 6902 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:42.1367N 3:29.0258W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 1166 6899
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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