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Recent content by Frank-birding

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    Ringtail Harrier, Netherlands (February 27 2021, Noord-Holland, Waterland, Near Amsterdam)

    This afternoon I saw this Harrier (Waterland, Ransdorp, near the North of Amsterdam and IJsselmeer). A juvenile I think. Unfortunately it was extremely far off and I only managed these blurry images. Hen Harrier would be by far the most likely. Although not possible to really count, I seem to...
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    Redwing or Icelandic Redwing? January 30th, 2021, Dunes Dutch Coast

    Today I took these images of a group of foraging Redwings. I noticed that one was particularly dark (many dark stripes on breast and belly). Could this be the Icelandic subspecies (Turdus iliacus coburni)? Perhaps it's still not dark enough? In the attached image the candidate bird is shown 3...
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    Meadow or Richard's Pipit (Spaarndam, near Amsterdam Netherlands Nov 28, 2020)

    Thank you Dawsy and DWM for your tips. It's not easy for me to discern Richard's call, as in this habitat not only Meadows occur, but also Water Pipit, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail while it's often very windy (and thus hard to listen properly) as well. Today I went back a third time, not really...
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    Meadow or Richard's Pipit (Spaarndam, near Amsterdam Netherlands Nov 28, 2020)

    Hi Dawsy, thank you for sharing this experience. I went back to the same area yesterday (in the vain hope to capture better images), and got thoroughly confused trying to photograph the many Meadow Pipits flying over. Good to know that a Richard's Pipit would have be readily recognisable. Bye...
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    Meadow or Richard's Pipit (Spaarndam, near Amsterdam Netherlands Nov 28, 2020)

    Thank you, next time I’ll take care to attach better images. I had a slight hope that picture #3 would show enough of its shape. But it’s clear, the images are just insufficient. Regards, Frank
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    Meadow or Richard's Pipit (Spaarndam, near Amsterdam Netherlands Nov 28, 2020)

    Today I went to a meadows area near Amsterdam, where Richard's Pipit had been sighted multiple times over the last weeks. I think I heard Richard's Pipit call alright. But I didn't see any clearly unfortunately. The only images I was able to take from a possible Richard's far off where these...
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    Dark-bellied or pale-bellied Brent Goose (Nov 7, 2020, Netherlands, Coast)

    That could be a possibility. Both birds had lightly coloured flanks compared to surrounding birds. Although initially I didn't really take notice. Only later when I saw this bird on the same location confirmed as pale-bellied (https://waarneming.nl/observation/202973110/) I started to wonder if...
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    Dark-bellied or pale-bellied Brent Goose (Nov 7, 2020, Netherlands, Coast)

    Thank you both! I now know better what feature to observe next time out. Regards, Frank
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    Dark-bellied or pale-bellied Brent Goose (Nov 7, 2020, Netherlands, Coast)

    Dark-bellied or Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Nov 7, 2020, Netherlands, Coast) A week and a half ago I saw this Brent Goose at the Brouwersdam (Zeeland/Zuid-Holland (Sealand, South-Holland), Dutch Coast). Is it a Dark-bellied or Pale-bellied Brent Goose? For me too hard to see from this angle...
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    Tufted duck hybrid (Nov 15, 2020, Netherlands)

    Hello Alexander, Once again, thank you for helping here! Lakeside I initially also thought Greater Scaup briefly, but then dismissed it right away because complete lack of white around the bill. I didn't think of a juvenile! A hint of a very slight pale spot behind the 'cheek' is indeed...
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    Tufted duck hybrid (Nov 15, 2020, Netherlands)

    Last sunday (Nov 15, 2020) I saw this Tufted duck female in the Twiske (lake near Amsterdam). It caught my eye because of its heavy build. It was much more stocky than the many other Tufted Ducks in the vicinity. Also it was swimming solo across the lake, whereas other Tufted Ducks were...
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    Unknown Gull Dutch coast (Zeeland), Nov 7th 2020)

    Yes, pic 4 was the image that made me wonder what I had seen here. Unfortunately way to far off for any decent images. Thank you all for the help, despite the lack of good picture material, and explanations. I’ll write it down as subadult med gull then, in _very_ faint pencil. Regards, Frank
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    Unknown Gull Dutch coast (Zeeland), Nov 7th 2020)

    Yesterday I saw this very light Gull, extremely far off in the distance. Flying in a straight line fairly low over the water towards the coast. I noticed the very white front of the wing, upperwing light grey, dark upperwing tips, and the dark leading edge at the tip of the underwings. But...
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    Little Gulls? (English Channel, 5th of May 2019)

    Thank you all for the great help in identifying 'my' gulls! And as always, I learned lots of new information along the way. Regards, Frank
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