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  1. Tib78

    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...
  2. Tib78

    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...
  3. Tib78

    Mauritius Weaver

    Surely Red/Madagascar fody rather than village weaver.
  4. Tib78

    Falcon - Poland

    It’s not a Falcon but an Accipiter.
  5. Tib78

    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...
  6. Tib78

    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...
  7. Tib78

    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.
  8. Tib78

    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.
  9. Tib78

    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...
  10. Tib78

    Intermediate Egret? Oman

    The OP bird is indeed an Intermediate. Apart from the gape line, note the shape of the bare skin patch on the lores: it is rather wide/square as opposed to the narrower, more rectangular skin patch of Great egret. Another thing that is usually rather obvious once you have your eyes tuned into it...
  11. Tib78

    Siberian Chiffchaff? (Croatia)

    Visually it looks like a perfect tristis to me. The fact that the yellow underwing coverts contrast so sharply with the rest of the bird just shows that green/yellow pigmentation is more or less completely lacking elsewhere in the plumage. In addition to the features highlighted by Michal, note...
  12. Tib78


    Immature Imperial.
  13. Tib78

    Herring or yellow-legged gull?

    Looks fine for a Herring gull to me with those fine immature marking to the greater coverts and pale brown head/neck streaking.
  14. Tib78

    W Uganda

    It’s a Cinnamon bracken warbler. Not common to see it foraging in the open like this!
  15. Tib78

    Gull northwest spain

    It’s a 2nd winter Yellow-legged gull, probably lusitanius. It’s too contrasty for a Herring and the plain grey adult type scapulars are too pale for any subspecies of Lesser black-backed gull.
  16. Tib78

    Sunbird - Zambia

    The OP bird is a Scarlet-chested sunbird. You can actually just see the breast colour and the brownish wings are typical too (and not seen in Amethyst as far as I recall).
  17. Tib78

    Zambia - song

    It’s a Little greebul.
  18. Tib78

    Tawny eagle - Ethiopia November 2019

    It’s a combination of structural and plumage features. It would take me too long to describe every feature and its implication for every bird presented here but here is a sum up: long gape, short legs, small and well defined white tips to body feathers and some coverts, large pale tips to...
  19. Tib78

    Tawny eagle - Ethiopia November 2019

    All eagles in that thread are Steppe. And actually bird 1 and 2 in post#1 are one and the same individual.
  20. Tib78

    Ortolan or Grey-necked Bunting from Northern Pakistan

    Thanks for the additional images, including for those nice GNB pics! I’d say the new images of the 2 Ortolan candidates (just realized there were 2 of them) will remove all doubts and that they are, indeed, Ortolans.
  21. Tib78

    Ortolan or Grey-necked Bunting from Northern Pakistan

    Just adding a pic of a GNB (presumed 1cy) from India (september) by Pranjal Saikia with the long tail showing well. By the way Gilgit2, if yiu have more images of Young Grey-necked to share, Don't hesitate, they might prove useful.
  22. Tib78

    Ortolan or Grey-necked Bunting from Northern Pakistan

    Hi Brian, It sure is an interesting bird and great care is sometimes required for a positive ID when it comes to the hortulana/caesia/buchanani trio. Regarding the tertials I have found quite a few 1cy ortolan with comparable tertials pattern, and even one showing quite an extreme pattern with...
  23. Tib78

    Ortolan or Grey-necked Bunting from Northern Pakistan

    I discussed the ID of this bird yesterday with PAC and we came to the conclusion that it must be an Ortolan bunting. Most features pro-ortolan features, such as tertials pattern and bill shape, have been cited but the bird looks also kind of short-tailed and there is that yellowish hue to the...
  24. Tib78

    Cisticola, Uhuru garden, Nairobi, 1 November

    An interesting suggestion o:)
  25. Tib78

    Bunting Portugal Yesterday

    Looks like we are having a row of Portuguese Cirl on BF ;) .