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Richard Insall Friday 8th November 2019 10:10

ID please
 
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A mate took this picture yesterday and neither of us can identify it.
It looks like a raptor of some kind. A foreign visitor, or escapee?
Any ideas anyone?

HH75 Friday 8th November 2019 10:20

Hi Richard,
I am assuming that this was taken somewhere in Britain, judging by your own location?
I'd go for a pale Common Buzzard with this, plumage and structure would fit: some can get very pale indeed. Any thoughts of Rough-legged can be discounted by the unfeathered legs alone, though it doesn't look right for one regardless, at least to my eyes.
Regards,
Harry

Richard Insall Friday 8th November 2019 10:46

Hello
Yes, mainland Britain.
He thought Buzzard of some kind, especially when it flew.

Richard Insall Friday 8th November 2019 10:51

Someone has suggested Osprey. That seems possible.

Steve Lister Friday 8th November 2019 10:52

Very strong head pattern for a pale Common Buzzard - is there anything else it could be?

Will get 'Raptors of the World' out later.

Steve

stevejelf Friday 8th November 2019 10:59

Any chance its a wet Black Winged Kite Elanus caeruleus , the face looks right

They are becoming common in SW France
I have been watching one for the past 6 weeks from the kitchen table

Richard Insall Friday 8th November 2019 11:01

I'm still leaning towards Osprey.

Steve Lister Friday 8th November 2019 11:10

Not an Osprey. Head pattern wrong.

Seth Miller Friday 8th November 2019 11:16

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Originally Posted by Steve Lister (Post 3916886)
Not an Osprey. Head pattern wrong.

Agree.

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevejelf (Post 3916876)
Any chance its a wet Black Winged Kite Elanus caeruleus , the face looks right

They are becoming common in SW France
I have been watching one for the past 6 weeks from the kitchen table

Doesn't look right over all to me, seems to have way to much dark overall and the shape just isn't quite right.

THE_FERN Friday 8th November 2019 11:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seth Miller (Post 3916888)
Agree.



Doesn't look right over all to me, seems to have way to much dark overall and the shape just isn't quite right.

Common buzzard for me. Definitely not osprey or kite

Simon Wates Friday 8th November 2019 14:26

Common Buzzard for me too, perfect structure. The photo has an alarming amount of contrast I think.

tconzemi Friday 8th November 2019 17:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by Simon Wates (Post 3916999)
Common Buzzard for me too, perfect structure. The photo has an alarming amount of contrast I think.

Agree

Larry Sweetland Friday 8th November 2019 19:38

+1 for buzzard


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