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The Male has red on the back of its head Female doesn’t, I cannot tell from these shots.
Having looked at the full size image it is just possible to see a red patch on the nape of the neck making this a male as Ferret describes.
Hi Hayley. I see you changed the title to reflect the more detailed information you now have about this observation. Nothing wrong in that however it’s good practice to make a note in the comments section on what you have done and why. That way when others browse this observation they can see what has gone on.
It’s probably not of great importance here but it is a good habit to get into. Sometimes an observation can generate quite large discussions which can be very interesting and informative, particularly when a couple of experts have a difference of opinion, and a good sense of the chronology and development of the ID is important then.
I have indeed, and the reasons I do so are to highlight to myself (and anyone who regularly sees my uploads and notes that I usually have a '?' in the title to ask for confirmation of species) that this species has been accurately identified by somebody else, and consequently I can work on my wildlife I.D. skills from those photos (I'm a BSc conservation student, so I'm trying my hardest to work on my I.D. skills). Quite selfish, I'm afraid, but my degree is getting tougher so I only upload photos onto iSpot to find out which species are in the photographs, rather than because I'm proud of the shot I took and wish to share it with others (if I had more time, I would do this too!).
Thank you for pointing this out to me, though, I do appreciate the thought!
... get me wrong, my comment was not intended as a criticism. I’m sure you understand the need for accurate recording and keeping an evidence trail and it is for this reason it is advisable to document changes just as you would if you were writing a paper; indeed iSpot has thrown up several interesting discoveries so far and a sound evidence base is very necessary.
The degree sounds fascinating and I wish you the best of luck with it. You will certainly get all the assistance you need on iSpot to improve your id skills and I would suggest give technical advice too, many of the experts, badged or otherwise, are professionals within their fields or highly knowledgeable amateurs with many years of field experience.
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