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Old Thursday 8th March 2012, 23:03   #1
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ID Raptors near Luxor, Egypt

Hi, Saw these birds flocking over the Nile last week. I thought some were Marsh Harriers, maybe some common buzzards and maybe a long legged buzzard? One had a slightly forked tail like a kite. Photos are attached and all help is much appreciated. Thanks
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Old Thursday 8th March 2012, 23:04   #2
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They are all Black Kites
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Old Thursday 8th March 2012, 23:12   #3
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Thanks Simon, one looked like it had a very white head and one looked larger but maybe a trick of light and distance?
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Old Thursday 8th March 2012, 23:16   #4
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Ah..the 2nd photo is a female/imm Marsh Harrier. The 1st shows 2 Black Kites. Bear in mind that especially adult Black Kites show a pale grey head from a good lighting angle

Oh and apologies - in the first series the last photo also shows a Marsh Harrier!

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Old Thursday 8th March 2012, 23:23   #5
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Thanks for that info, I was surprised how they ate bits of food they picked from the river on the wing.... but as they are kites this is not so surprising! Not as black as I thought a black kite would be, so thanks for that.
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Old Thursday 8th March 2012, 23:26   #6
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I have often said that Black Kite is badly named - I like Market Kite. Great birds to watch!
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Old Friday 9th March 2012, 00:27   #7
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The second photo in post 3 looks like a Black Kite structurally but the pale 'shoulders' is not normal is it? The well fanned tail and dark ear coverts look more like BK than Marsh Harrier.
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i think no. 5 in the first set is a marsh harrier.
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i think no. 5 in the first set is a marsh harrier.
Me Too, Simon has edited his post to include Marsh Harrier.
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