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    Strange tawny pipit - ID help needed - Bulgaria

    Hi Edwin, well, I sure didn't expect I'd be able to help someone with my (close to non-existent) botany skills on Birdforum, but life is a big surprise. The shrub on the photos is an european smoketree, Cotinus coggygria. It's native to southern Europe and cultivated in the UK. It might still...
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    Strange tawny pipit - ID help needed - Bulgaria

    Hi everyone, I had this one on 10.06.2021 in a tawny pipit area, but the bird had a different gizz (rather large and dark with strong bill), I first took it for a wheatear of sorts. After checking the photos I saw the characteristic moustachial stripe and completely white t6, but the colours...
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    2cy Falco sp. - Hobby or Eleonora's? - Bulgaria

    Thanks everyone, after I read the paper it does tip towards Eleonora's! If someone else sees the bird again I'll check if they made better photos and post them here. Cheers Teo
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    2cy Falco sp. - Hobby or Eleonora's? - Bulgaria

    Exactly, but then we found this ID-ed bird here (Eleonora’s Falcon. 2cy.), which has practically the same pattern, and we went back to the drawing board. I don't have any experience with the moult these two species go through in their second year, so I thought best to ask.
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    2cy Falco sp. - Hobby or Eleonora's? - Bulgaria

    Hello everyone, we got this cool falcon today but couldn't ID it conclusively - right now we're stuck between Hobby 2cy and Eleonora's 2cy, with characters pointing towards both. While searching for the ID we kind of found out identification of the birds in this age group isn't really easy and...
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    Unusual Chiffchaff, poss. tristis?

    Yes, indeed the GCs are moulting on both wings from green to grey, thanks for noting! Also, concerning the colors - the light was kinda bad, so some of the browner tones on the head have been lost. I didn't want to edit the photos, in case I mess up the hues. In the field the birds left a bit...
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    Unusual Chiffchaff, poss. tristis?

    I was wondering if it might be Bonelli's too, but didn't respond to song/calls either. Eye-ring is broken, which definitely excludes it. Note that the rump is grey, only small part of the lower flanks is yellowish (which might point to some fulvescens genes, no idea). About the lores - I looked...
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    Unusual Chiffchaff, poss. tristis?

    Hi everyone, yesterday (05.01.20) this strange chiff was lurking in a group of normal ones. Size and behavior didn't differ, but the bird was obviously lighter in tone, especially on the underside. I played some tristis calls and song, as well as collybita ones, but unfortunately none of the...
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    Stint ID request, Bulgaria

    Thanks for the replies everyone! Okay, I'll write it as a small stint then, just wanted to be sure it's not something else. The spot was magnificent anyways, as there were 4 BBSs, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, quite a few Ruffs and even one Temminck's, all in the same little bend. I managed to observe...
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    Stint ID request, Bulgaria

    Hello everyone, first ID request here, hope I'll be able to get some help with a hard bird. Thanks in advance! I got this minuta-like stint on 06.09.2018, north-eastern Bulgaria, Black sea coast, Shabla lake. The bird was in a group of typical small stints, every bird in different stage of...
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    Travelscope: Opticron IS 60 R or Hawke Endurance 12-36x50

    Hi everyone, judging by the number of views and lack of comments the aforementioned 2 models aren't that known. Thanks for the heads-up Joachim, I checked the Kowas but I'll probably pass. Luckily in the next one month I'll have the chance to try out both of the models and once I've done it...
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    Travelscope: Opticron IS 60 R or Hawke Endurance 12-36x50

    Hi, thanks for the information, I'll keep it in mind. I would still prefer to find a good travelscope though. I thought about buying a secondhand one, but other than Ebay I don't really know where to find good deals. Can anyone with experience recommend sites or dealers? Much appreciated :) Teo
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    Travelscope: Opticron IS 60 R or Hawke Endurance 12-36x50

    Hi everyone, a new one here :) Hopefully I haven't gotten the forum wrong, and if so, many thanks to the moderators for any help! My case is one of the clichés: I'm searching for my first low-budget scope and I have some options, would gladly have some opinions on two of the scopes - Opticron...
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