I saw again the immature (supposed 2nd winter) Pied Harrier I photographed last week, but from another angle. This guy show a black patch on the upper back, not easy to see, and a smallest one on the right wing. Now, I am not sure it is a female any more... Look at this link.
The remiges of the second one looked fresh and uniform, suggesting that these were juvenile feathers. It didn't appeared to be in wing moult, as one would expect in 2nd winter birds. So, again a 1st winter bird? I am not completely convinced.
Apparently, Eastern Marsh Harriers take 4 years to reach adult plumage!
Eastern Marsh have a distinctively long head projection and powerful bill compared to Pied Harriers (impression of "pointed head" - rounded in the case of the Pied)
This Lesser Coucal was foraging in tall grass
Amongst all the resident birds of this patch, the Barred Buttonquail is one of the most secretive and difficult to observe (but easy to see, it's the paradox! One bird flushed almost on each visit!). If frightened, it will usually squat, immobile, and if approached closely it will flush almost at your feet.
Good views are hard to come by, so I was happy to have had this brief opportunity. Those photos were just a stroke of good fortune (the second time in 2 years at this patch with this species!)...
Buttonquails have reversed sex roles: the females (distinguished by a black throat patch) are larger and polyandrous. The male incubates the eggs and raises the chicks alone :(
Green Sandpiper. Rotate this pic 180 degrees : same same!
A White Wagtail bodybuilder. Ocularis race, far less common than leucopsis in the area (ratio 1 to 10/20??). This guy is ill, its "bull neck" remind me of a White-tailed Robin I saw last year at the Botanical Gardens (link). Maybe they are suffering from the same disease.