In Monthly Marathon photo number 215 (Brit. Birds 98: plate 115, repeated here as plate 307), we can see a small bird perched at the edge of a pool or puddle, but the overall brownish coloration of its plumage means that it does not really stand out against the muddy background; as a result, it is difficult to pick out much detail about its appearance. What we can see pretty clearly, however, is t


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