- The flight views were interesting and once seen on the deck, the clean ground-colour of the underparts was still clearly seen and the white outer tail (T6 basically white though maybe not on the basal inner web and maybe a touch of white on the tip of T5 but hard to be sure).
- The underpart streaking was diffuse as for Rock Pipit but confined to the breast and rear flanks and appearing (at least relatively) neat against the pale ground.
- The eye-ring and supercilium were strong, whitish, though affected by angle of view and posture.
- There were markedly strong pale fringes to the great and median coverts, appearing as strong whitish wing-bars.
- The upperparts appeared brownish, particularly on the flight feathers with a slightly greyer tone to rump, back and mantle, the latter diffusely streaked darker. The contrast depending again on light and posture.
- The bill was quite strong with a noticeably yellow base (particularly lower mandible) and blackish tip.
- The legs were somewhat variable but most often appeared a rather soft pale pink.
- The call was as for Rock Pipit.
In certain circumstances of light etc the bird could appear more like spinoletta than petrosus. Pictures here: