Sunday, March 2, 2014

How do you Age Brant?

Just a quick note on aging Brant in the field . . . 

In this photo we have 2 adult Brant (the two birds on the left) and one first cycle Brant.  While their overall appearance
is similar it is an easy species to age with a decent look.  Notice the white tips to the secondary coverts on the first cycle.
The white neck-ring is also reduced in first cycle birds.
Notice the patterned appearance of the first cycle and the plain-winged appearance of the adults.

Is this a first cycle or an adult Brant?

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