Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta

Water Pipit
Water Pipit
Water Pipit
The Water Pipit is paler than the Meadow and Tree Pipits, a greyish brown with defined supercilium and usually some streaks on the pale underside. It has a slim, black bill, black legs and looks similar to the Rock Pipit. It breeds in mountains of Southern Europe to Central Asia and winters in North Africa and south Asia. It is also a winter visitor to the southern UK.
Water Pipit
Water Pipit juvenile
Water Pipit juvenile
It is surprising to think that the scruffy and exhausted parent with black legs above left is the same species as the well-fed, fleshy pink legged juvenile above centre and right.
Water Pipit juvenile
Water Pipit juvenile
Water Pipit juvenile
More juvenile Water Pipits. All photos above were taken in summer by Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.
Water Pipit winter UK
Water Pipit winter UK
Water Pipit winter UK
Photos in the above row and below were taken in winter by Elizabeth Barrett in England and show the adult bird with streaky winter plumage and pinker legs, foraging by water.
Water Pipit winter UK
Water Pipit winter UK
Water Pipit winter UK
The Water Pipit used to be classed as a subspecies of the coastal Rock Pipit. It was given its own species in 1998.
Water Pipit winter UK
Water Pipit winter UK
Water Pipit winter UK