Our second ‘flock picture’ shows a gang of birds in a line head on, feeding and walking toward the photographer. They are strikingly dumpy, plump, round things, with relatively small heads, suggesting we are looking at pigeons or gamebirds. In fact they are so ‘fat’ that they are surely gamebirds; perhaps grouse or partridges. In this case, it is probably worth considering what features we can see, rather than ruling out every gamebird but one. These birds look to have mid-grey underparts and, on at least some of them, orange ‘faces’ including the throat. The flanks have vertical stripes of brown and there is a blackish ‘smudge’ on the belly of some of the birds. All these point to these being a covey of Grey Partridges.
KEY FEATURES Rounded, ‘plump’ looking small-headed birds Predominantly grey plumage Striped flanks, blackish smudge on belly Orange face on some
Plump, grey body Dark belly patch Orange face of male