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Recent content by Tib78

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    Female Montagu's or Pallid Harrier Marismas del Odiel, Huelva 16/05/2022?

    Definitely a 2cy female Montagu’s. Head pattern + thin, regularly distributed bars across the primaries.
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    Which Shrike? Iran, Khorasan-e Razavi, May 2022

    I am not sure I would be happy to call this bird a Turkestan. I would agree that sexing it isn’t straightforward for one, but to me the sandy hue to the back and underparts saturation are much better for a Daurian. A female Turkestan would typically have more defined/well marked dark crescent...
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    Montagu's or pallid harrier in Italy

    By the way the bird is a 2cy. I mention it because my previous bird is a bit confusing in this matter, and people may assume that I identified the bird as an adult. So it’s a 2cy female but the axillaries have been moulted to adult type (as the underparts).
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    Montagu's or pallid harrier in Italy

    The axillaries of adult female Pallid may be either plain brown or brown with pale spots. The spots are usually rounded but there is a bit of variation and some female Pallid have rather chevron-like markings. Note the pale spots are very extensive in your bird. It’s already quite unusual to...
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    Montagu's or pallid harrier in Italy

    A quick look at the axillaries should solve this one easily 😁.
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    African Reed/Icterine Warbler - Namibia

    African Reed warbler looks about right. It’s a smaller Acrocephalus with very short wings thus the choice is between African Reed and Lesser swamp. Lesser swamp would have stronger legs and probably a stronger supercilium (if birds from northern Namibia are similar to South African birds …)...
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    Which Buteo? Cuenca-Central Spain-August 2021

    Hi all, In my view this bird actually looks more like a typical cirtensis than a Gibraltar buzzard at a glance, even though the tail has a subterminal bar. This doesn’t mean that the bird isn’t of hybrid origin of course, but if there is buteo influence in this bird it is probably minimal. In...
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    Mauritius Weaver

    I am afraid you put to much faith in my abilities, Rafael ;) . More seriously though I think it is a female as the eye doesn’t look so red, beside, why would a certain individual be in full breeding plumage while another on is in non-breeding plumage? As to ruling out a younger male, I won’t...
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    Mauritius Weaver

    Surely Red/Madagascar fody rather than village weaver.
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    Falcon - Poland

    It’s not a Falcon but an Accipiter.
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    Image/Audio request - African/grey Penduline tit from East Africa

    Hi all, An unusual thread/request for this is an ID forum but it’s for a good cause. I and several others are currently working on a paper on African/Grey Penduline tit (Anthoscopus caroli) in East Africa. We are still gathering materials in the form of photos and audio recordings. We are...
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    Gulls - possible juvenile Herring Gull

    I agree with TT (Andrew, right?) on 1st winter LBBG. This was my reply when a friend of mine asked for my opinion on this bird. A GBBG it surely isn’t on structure alone. To me the dark/uncontrasty pattern of the 2nd generation scapulars is already a clear pointer towards LBBG. Also the...
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    Shrike, Oman

    It does look like a Brown shrike indeed. It’s been an exceptional autumn/winter for the in Western Europe and the first for Kuwait was found just a few days ago by a group of French birders.
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    Lowland Sooty Boubou? / Uganda

    Well I did think the bill looked thick for the tit but put this on the blurriness of the pic. But anyway with the new pics it’s clear it’s not a Dusky tit....so, juvenile Grey-headed nigrita.
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    Lowland Sooty Boubou? / Uganda

    I suspect the first image shows a Dusky tit and the flycatcher suggestion looks about right for the second bird. More images of both birds wouldn’t hurt though...
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