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    Stonechat, Flycatcher or other? (Netherlands, May 22, 2022)

    Hello, Yesterday on a walk over heathland in the North-east of the Netherlands (Balloërveld, National Park Drentsche Aa) I saw this bird. Unfortunately it was far away and heat waves ruined the chance for a decent image. It was only perched briefly on top of heather to fly off into the...
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    Unknown Gull, Caspian? (Texel, Netherlands, April 29, 2022)

    Yesterday I saw this immature Gull on the Dutch island of Texel. It's behaviour was slightly unusual as it was resting alone on a ploughed field (bare soil) and then after a while moving/flying a couple of metres to rest again very close to two Oystercatchers. It did look healthy though. It...
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    Juvenile Wheatear (Queyras, France, August 5th 2020)

    A year and a half ago I saw this juvenile Wheatear in the French nature reserve Queyras. Altitude ± 1700m/5500ft in lush alpine terrain. I can't determine if it was a Northern Wheatear of a Black-eared Wheatear (with Northern Wheatear much more likely, I think, a bit too far inland and high-up...
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    Unknown bird - Italy Stenico (July 27, 2021)

    Last summer in Northern Italy I saw on the mountain slopes above the village of Stenico (Trentino, Dolomites) a perched bird very far off that I cannot ID. Sorry for the dismal images... At first I thought of a Sparrow, but the two obvious wingbars reminded me of a Common Rosefinch (juvenile or...
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    Guillemot Dutch Coast (IJmuiden, 27th of Nov 2021)

    Today I saw this Guillemot swimming very far off, initially just behind a couple of Cormorants. Location IJmuiden (from the end of the South Pier), date was late this afternoon. Unfortunately the dark weather and the great distance didn't allow for decent images. The bird attracted my attention...
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    Common or Siberian Chiffchaff (Dutch coast, forest near dunes, 22th of October 2021)

    Hello, Over the last couple of weeks I came in different places across 2 very buff/warm coloured Chiffchaffs, that lacked green-yellow tones on underside, breast, flanks and head/back area. (And obviously a saw great many more that did possess green-yellow tones as is usual for Common...
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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

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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)

    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)

    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)

    Could someone help me to ID this immature Gull? Seen last sunday in very stormy weather in IJmuiden (North Sea coast). It was trying (in vain) to rob a Great Cormorant of its catch (seen in the first and last image). Very poor visibility and a great distance, my images are not very clear...
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    Ringtail Harrier, Netherlands (February 27 2021, Noord-Holland, Waterland, Near Amsterdam)

    This afternoon I saw this Harrier (Waterland, Ransdorp, near the North of Amsterdam and IJsselmeer). A juvenile I think. Unfortunately it was extremely far off and I only managed these blurry images. Hen Harrier would be by far the most likely. Although not possible to really count, I seem to...
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    Redwing or Icelandic Redwing? January 30th, 2021, Dunes Dutch Coast

    Today I took these images of a group of foraging Redwings. I noticed that one was particularly dark (many dark stripes on breast and belly). Could this be the Icelandic subspecies (Turdus iliacus coburni)? Perhaps it's still not dark enough? In the attached image the candidate bird is shown 3...
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    Meadow or Richard's Pipit (Spaarndam, near Amsterdam Netherlands Nov 28, 2020)

    Today I went to a meadows area near Amsterdam, where Richard's Pipit had been sighted multiple times over the last weeks. I think I heard Richard's Pipit call alright. But I didn't see any clearly unfortunately. The only images I was able to take from a possible Richard's far off where these...
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    Dark-bellied or pale-bellied Brent Goose (Nov 7, 2020, Netherlands, Coast)

    Dark-bellied or Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Nov 7, 2020, Netherlands, Coast) A week and a half ago I saw this Brent Goose at the Brouwersdam (Zeeland/Zuid-Holland (Sealand, South-Holland), Dutch Coast). Is it a Dark-bellied or Pale-bellied Brent Goose? For me too hard to see from this angle...
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    Tufted duck hybrid (Nov 15, 2020, Netherlands)

    Last sunday (Nov 15, 2020) I saw this Tufted duck female in the Twiske (lake near Amsterdam). It caught my eye because of its heavy build. It was much more stocky than the many other Tufted Ducks in the vicinity. Also it was swimming solo across the lake, whereas other Tufted Ducks were...
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    Unknown Gull Dutch coast (Zeeland), Nov 7th 2020)

    Yesterday I saw this very light Gull, extremely far off in the distance. Flying in a straight line fairly low over the water towards the coast. I noticed the very white front of the wing, upperwing light grey, dark upperwing tips, and the dark leading edge at the tip of the underwings. But...
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    Little Gulls? (English Channel, 5th of May 2019)

    Last year when crossing the Channel on a Ferry I accidentally photographed these two small birds, while taking pictures of Gannets. As they unexpectedly flew into my view, the images are not sharp unfortunately. My apologies. Could these be Little Gulls? In the last picture it's possible to...
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    Kestrel male without terminal tail band (Dutch coast, Oct 30, 2020)

    Today I saw this Kestrel. Zandmotor dunes near The Hague. It was persistently chasing after a flock of Starlings, low over the ground. Weather was stormy. It's clearly (to my eyes) a male Kestrel. But I do not associate its hunting behaviour (Starlings instead of mice) with Kestrel, and also the...
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