|Despite an adult looking bill - Yellow with red base. The bill is apparently not a good feature to use when ageing.
It is the pale throat that seems to be one of the diagnostic features in ageing the bird as a juvenile
|Pale throat, but not as obvious as some birds. Clear red base to bill shown here though not helpful in ageing.
|Again a pale throat is apparently a diagnostic juvenile feature
|Dark lores quite obvious even at distance. Could mislead id towards the much rare Sora Rail with poor distant views.
The heavily speckled supercilium is also a good feature of a juvenile bird. Dark lores seem more likely in adult?
|Dark loral mask quite prominent again here (more adult feature?) and heavily spotted supercilium more juvenile feature
|Dark loral mask also present on the right hand side of bird
|No obvious signs of wear in the wing as you would expect an adult to show.
Feathers appear fresh and rounded as expected by a juvenile.
|Distinctive pattern of underwing for a juvenile?