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    Pipit, August 2020, Queyras (French Italian Alps)

    Summer last year (4th of August 2020) I saw this Pipit. It was near Rifugio Lago Verde in the Italian Alps right next to the French-Italian border. The location's altitude was 2583 m / 8474 ft, the terrain was a very rocky alpine meadow with large boulders. The bird was busy hunting insects on...
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    Raptor Dolomites/Alps Italy, July 24th, 2021

    Thank you all for your reactions and instructive elaboration! Pity that the bird was so far off, at least it was over me for a long time, allowing for many images ;) Regards, Frank
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    Buzzard Dolomites/Alps Lake Garda, July 26th 2021

    Thank you Richard, Butty and Andy for your reactions. Good to be certain I had a Common Buzzard in sight here.
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    Buzzard Dolomites/Alps Lake Garda, July 26th 2021

    Yes, I agree, I meant that its wings weren't raised as high as for example a Marsh Harrier would, but higher than those of, say, a Honey Buzzard.
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    Raptor Dolomites/Alps Italy, July 24th, 2021

    End of July I saw this raptor soaring. Altitude approximately 1400 - 1700m. Near Madonna di Campiglio (edge Alps/Dolomites, Italy), mountainous forest area. Unfortunately very high and distant (apologies for the very small images). Although a Common Buzzard is likely, I noticed that it was...
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    Buzzard Dolomites/Alps Lake Garda, July 26th 2021

    A fortnight ago I saw this distant Buzzard soaring. It was above the little town of Stenico (last part of the Brenta massif sloping down to Lake Garda). In all probability it's a Common Buzzard. But it's partially rufous colour and the broad trailing bands on (especially) wing and tail make me...
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    Kestrel (common or lesser) Italy Adamello (Alps) mountains August 6th 2021

    Thank you Shane, Good to have the confirmation that I saw a Common Kestrel (and didn't "miss" a Lesser). Bye, Frank
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    Kestrel (common or lesser) Italy Adamello (Alps) mountains August 6th 2021

    Some days ago while hiking through the Adamello massif (Northern Italy, Alps, near Dolomites, at an altitude of approximately 1900m) I saw this very distant Kestrel. It was soaring many hundreds of metres above the valley floor along a steep cliff face. When looking through my binos I thought a...
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    Small bird (Netherlands, meadows area near Amsterdam, July 2021)

    Not late at all Alexander, I keep reading these threads, often learning new characteristics to improve my future IDs. The shoulder patch is a good one to know when I encounter my next backlit Stonechat. So much appreciated again! Frank
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    Small bird (Netherlands, meadows area near Amsterdam, July 2021)

    Thank you birdboybowley and KenM! I didn't think of that. Very nice to know :) Regards, Frank
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    Small bird (Netherlands, meadows area near Amsterdam, July 2021)

    A couple of days ago I noticed this small bird which hopped for a single moment on the road near me and then disappeared immediately not to be seen again. I managed to get this single shot, but unfortunately I am not able to ID this bird with any certainty myself. It's possibly a young bird...
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    small brown bird, Netherlands, Amsterdam 9th of July 2021

    Hi RB, Good that you mentioned that. Such an exaggeration caused by light and angle could well have happened here indeed. In any case, the orange bill feature threw me off the ID of this bird. At least I learned to take this bill colour (or the lack thereof) not for granted in future...
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    small brown bird, Netherlands, Amsterdam 9th of July 2021

    Thank you, Pyrtle, The orange bill (possibly exaggerated by the upward angle) is something for me to take into account then, when id-ing Chiffchaffs. Good to know! Regards, Frank
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    small brown bird, Netherlands, Amsterdam 9th of July 2021

    Today I saw this small brownish bird actively foraging high up in the trees, it was calling but I didn’t recognise its call. Area was parkland, with water nearby and a lane with large trees in which the bird was foraging. Its bright orange bill struck me. Willow warbler could be likely perhaps...
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    Unknown bird (of prey?) South of Hungary, August 1988

    Hello Tom, Thank you for helping me here! Either Pallid or Montagu’s was my impression too. Based on silhouette only though; I wasn’t able to match the ‘colours’ (insofar as they can be judged from my miserable image...) to the ID. Also, I was afraid I was imagining things, and was looking at a...
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    Unknown bird (of prey?) South of Hungary, August 1988

    In August 1988 I took the attached picture of a raptor (I think?) flying overhead. I used a 50-135 Canon zoomlens and Agfa slide film. It was in the South of Hungary, area Abaliget and Pécs. Although I'm afraid the image is way too small and grainy to ID the bird, it would be great if someone...
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    Unknown pair of Ducks (Den Oever, Netherlands, Waddensea, April 2nd, 2021)

    That’s a good pointer as well. I realise that I was mostly focussing on plumage and color in ID-attempts like this one, and hardly taking overall shape into account.
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    Unknown pair of Ducks (Den Oever, Netherlands, Waddensea, April 2nd, 2021)

    Hello Nartreb and Alexander, Thank you both! Mallard didn't occur to me at all, as the drake seems so solidly cinnamon/rusty-brown collared. But indeed, a great many varieties of hybrids exist. So that must be it. Thanks again for solving my puzzle! (I derive the shade and color of the hen's...
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    Unknown pair of Ducks (Den Oever, Netherlands, Waddensea, April 2nd, 2021)

    Today (April 2nd, 2021, morning) I saw in the distance a pair of Ducks that I can't ID. Location: Den Oever, Netherlands, Southern-most edge of Waddensea. I saw the birds right on the shoreline, in the (very) soft surf, in a small group of Ducks. The rest of this group consisted of 5 male and 7...
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    Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Island of Texel, Netherlands, March 27 2021)

    Hi Alexander, Thank you for your explanation. I think it's safe to say then that the paler color is due to individual variation within Dark-bellied BG. Good to know, and also of your experiences with similar birds. The images were indeed exposed with a full +1 stop compensation, dialed in to...
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    Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Island of Texel, Netherlands, March 27 2021)

    Last weekend when observing Brent Geese on Texel (Waddensea side) I saw 2 or 3 very light-coloured individuals in the midst of a large group of "appropriately" dark looking Dark-bellied Brent Goose. At first I assumed that I was observing Pale-bellied Brent Goose. But later I started to doubt...
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    Unknown immature Gull (English Channel, 5th of May 2019)

    Two years ago when crossing the Channel on a Ferry I photographed this immature Gull. I find the bird hard to ID, yellow legs would point to either Lesser Black-Backed or Yellow-legged, I think. Bulky appearance perhaps more like Yellow-Legged. Obvious carpal patches and "warm" brown color...
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    Immature Gull ID Dutch coast (March 13, 2021)

    Hi Alexander and Lou, Thank you for helping me here! Common Gull didn't occur to me at all, as I assumed it would would have to be a larger Gull to persistently take on a Great Cormorant. But indeed, after consulting my copy of Olsen's Gulls it looks good for Common to my eye. Also, when...
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