Copyright Paul Gale
Red-throated Pipit at Weybourne, Norfolk, May 1997. This species is highly migratory and breeds on the Artic tundra of Scandinavia and Russia, where it replaces the Meadow Pipit. It spends the winter in Africa and India. The pinkish-red plumage on the head and throat is assumed in early spring for the breeding season and is lost before the autumn migration.
Weybourne is situated on the North Norfolk coast. While the rest of East Anglia was in brilliant spring sunshine, this little area of coast was under a blanket of mist. The mist probably prevented this pipit from continuing with its northward migration to the Artic. Furthermore, it provided an ideal low light for photography as is apparent from the colours in the photo below. This picture was taken early in the morning and the dew drops can be seen on the grass.
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