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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 19:28   #1
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Confirmation ID's Elmley Marshes

Some photos I took at Elmley Marshes today I have tried to ID them where I can.

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I think this may possibly be a cirl bunting

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Not sure about this one heavy crop and it was a long way away. Possibly a buzzard but the wing tips aren't right. Hope someone can get it from the silhouette.

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I thought this may be a Knot

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From the beak colouration and legs I thought this may be a redshank but the plain grey colour isn't ringing true with my book.

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A curlew? I have another photo showing the downturned beak
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 19:31   #2
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Here is the other picture of what I think may be a curlew.

Thanks for all you help.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 19:35   #3
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I'd say Reed Bunting not Cirl and Grey Plover instead of Knot think you got the others right.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 19:36   #4
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Reed Bunting
Buzzard
Grey Plover
Redshank
Curlew

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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 19:38   #5
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Hi, pics as follows
1. Reed Bunting
2. not sure on this one?
3. Grey Plover - note pale notches that appear as spots on the upperparts and short thickish bill.
4. Redshank - they can be quite variable.
5. Curlew - Whimbrel has striped head pattern.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 19:58   #6
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I think no. 2 is a Marsh Harrier. There are certainly plenty of those at Elmley.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 20:51   #7
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i agree on marsh harrier for no 2.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 21:27   #8
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reed bunting, marsh harrier, grey plover, redshank, curlew.
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Old Sunday 27th December 2009, 21:31   #9
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Thanks for the replies.

Out of interest what features on the 2nd Picture led to the Marsh Harrier, for my future reference.
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Out of interest what features on the 2nd Picture led to the Marsh Harrier, for my future reference.
For me, shape (esp. long wings, without secondary bulge), and location.

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Old Monday 28th December 2009, 11:01   #11
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Hi folks,

Every time I look at this picture I see peregrine! I can't put my finger on why - bit of a cop out I know. Tail seems to be a bit short for marsh harrier and I keep getting drawn to what looks like a hint of white cheek - although form this image I'm sure that it could be an artifact. I know that the long wings are not right for peregrine.... and marsh harrier is most likely but......

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I think no. 2 is a Marsh Harrier. There are certainly plenty of those at Elmley.
Probably a male Marsh Harrier? Seems to show some grey in the wings.

Dalyanbirder, please check out this website:

http://www.kentos.org.uk/

Worth the £1 a month subscription!

Also, there's a few BTO Atlas 2km squares going free in West Kent; can you spare 8 hours (4 visits x 2 hours) next year to cover just one square?

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Old Monday 28th December 2009, 14:57   #13
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Hi Andy,

I have looked at that website. Trouble is I am moving to Dalyan in Turkey this February (2010) so won't be in the UK.

I am looking forward to the move as I have lots of nice bird areas near to my place there.

regards

John
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