Rietvlei, as usual, did not disappoint. Sadly, only one of eight confirmed showed up. Those that did not make it lost out on some wonderful sightings and valuable tuition in difficult shooting conditions.
Smallest widespread chat of west Palearctic, with virtually diagnostic character. large, round, busby-like head, compact form, upright stance, often bold behaviour, constant nervous twitching of wings and tail, and whirring flight. In flight, huge bumble bee. Adult male has wholly black head and chestnut breast. Female and immatures far less distinctive, with most characters subject to complex geographical variation, most marked in decreasing saturation of fresh plumage, differences in underpart and tail patterns, and increase in facial contrasts in eastern races, which have pale supercilium and throat.
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