Hi TKbird. I can't hear a Marsh Harrier but just wanted to share that a Marsh Harrier is not unexpected inland. They can be seen at plenty of inland water bodies or marsh areas. They're reliably seen at Otmoor, Oxfordshire for example. I hope you get to see one soon.
Another for goshawk. Bulky looking - in the legs as noted by Alan but also the head, beak and body. Out of interest, is the orange eye a safe diagnostic in this neutral light or do you get sprawks with orange eyes too? They always seem yellow to me.
Great photo AFairbairn
Hi Mali. It's a Bald eagle juvenile as you suspect. Big beak, dirty mottled underwings and general appearance. Baldies and Goldies are pretty similar in size so looking massive doesn't really swing it either way.
Edit - cross posted with Andrew.
Fair point Lou. Thought it might be the angle myself and was swayed by field observations of loud fast song and hovering. Difficult to make a call on the photo alone, but Joseph's confirmation of the song match sounds compelling.
Inexperienced guesses on the first two from a bit of time on eBird:
1) Jerdon's Bushlark (supercilium looks thin for Indian)
2) Paddyfield Pipit (though challenging to distinguish from Blyth's or Richard's from this one photo)
I'm sure I'll be corrected by someone with more Indian bird...
Not sure on 1( Lark of some sort) or 2 (Pipit?).
3) Looks good for a Crested Serpent Eagle (dark crest, bands on wings)
4) Honey Buzzard of some sort, presume Crested Honey Buzzard on location (pigeon-like head)
Thanks Deb, agree with your backlit and bill points. To my eyes the legs in the shade still look quite reddish rather than brown/black which led to my question. I trusted image 1 the least given how much cover I had to shoot through. But this has been helpful for me as I leant to heavily on leg...
No offence taken Alexander. I interpreted your comment as genuine excitement/ surprise but given how confident you and David were on Chiffchaff, I wanted to quickly share what made me think Willow to start with. Thanks for your help!
Thanks both. Alexander, it was the red/orange legs that led me towards Willow despite initial impression being Chiffchaff. I've always relied on the legs for ID but it sounds like you're saying there is variation (in the extreme here). Duly noted.
I saw this warbler today just outside of St Albans, England. It looks like a Willow Warbler to me but I thought they were summer visitors. Is there also a resident population? Or is this something else?
Thanks for your help!