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    Birding Cadiz (& nearby)

    Thanks for this valuable information!
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    Daimiel Spain - Tern?

    It is not a tern, it is a Black-winged Stilt
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    SE Sicily - large black and chestnut bird

    Maybe Hooded Crow?
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    Lesser/Common Kestrel - Poland

    And calls, if heard
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    Dead bird- Central Spain, end of March 2012

    This bird was found dead by a former riverkeeper, who handle to me this photo when he retired this year. I think it is a Spotted Crake but would like opinions of people more used to this group. This is the only photograph available. The bird was found close to a river with plenty of reeds...
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    Strange bird on Mallorca, Spain

    Yes, the species to be found in Spain on Pinus halepensis (the species shown in the photo) is T. pityocampa
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    Eagle - Madrid

    Yes, Golden Eagles frequently have more than one platform in their territory. BTW, I think it is not a good practice to post photos of birds in the nest, even in a forum like this where you can assume that everyone is highly respectful for birds. If one unsuspectfully comes too close to a nest...
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    Scaup

    I'm not familiar with both species to suggest a definite ID, but I don't know if you are aware that in eBird any observer can question the ID of media (using the flag in the lower right area), and that sends the record straight to the regional reviewer for further consideration. It is yet...
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    Yellow legged or Caspian? / İstanbul

    I'd say that primary pattern, eye and bill shape fits nicely an adult YLG
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    Car ferry Guadalquivir

    Yes, the one crossing from Coria del Río. It may be useful for crossing from Brazo del Este to Doñana side of the river or viceversa (I've used it several times) without going having to go into Sevilla traffic. Beware that it is a little tricky to find the left bank stop (well, now is easier...
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    Bird Call Mid Sussex

    It is a Red-legged Partridge
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    Best site for Spanish Imperial Eagle in the Madrid area

    There are several places not far from Madrid where it should be not very difficult to find it: just to say a few the Dehesa Boyal near San Sebastián de los Reyes, the Dehesa de Sacedón and Camino de la Zarzuela (both between Sevilla la Nueva and Villaviciosa de Odón, along Guadarrama river)...
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    ID please? Catalunya.

    Probably it is not, there is a growing self-sustained naturalised population (originated from escapes but now breeding by themselves) around Barcelona metropolitan area
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    Gulls, Maryland

    Adults have always white tails
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    TLS APO Canon DSLR - Vignetting?

    I think so, because the TLS APO is a lens for itself and is designed for ATX. I have both an APO 30 mm (the first available) and an APO 23 mm and have been using both of them with an ATX85+Olympus without any vignetting problems. They recommend 30 mm for x1,5-1,6 (as you Canon) and 23 mm for x2...
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    3 immature gulls, Cantabria (N Spain), last week

    It seems both of you are right, Alexander and Prestdj, gull specialist from Spain confirms the second one (the one in the roof) as cachinnans 1w (2cy) Thanks! That's a lifer for me ;-)
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    3 immature gulls, Cantabria (N Spain), last week

    I'm nearly sure that first one (first three photos) is a 2 cy Common Gull (among several Black Headed). It is a regular species in the area but not common (maybe some tens of them along the Cantabric coast each winter). Of the other two gulls I have only one photo from each, and I'm afraid that...
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    Cola del Embalse de Bornos, province of Cadiz, Spain

    As opposed to most of its range in Europe, in Spain grey partridge behaves strictly as a (high) mountain bird. Furthermore it is not released at all for assisted hunting (red-legged does), so the only real probability to find both species together (they do live together!) is between 1500-1600 m...
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    Cetti's Warbler? Lunt UK (today 13th January)

    Being colour-blind myself I agree completely with the experiences mentioned by RichieTwitchy and _pauls. The cotoneaster berries example is a perfect one! I also concur that you learn to focus in another set of differences, as well as subtles combinations of shades, hues, etc which our brain...
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    Ireland, South Coast. Jan 2022

    Alexander: you can also check the shape of the tail feathers (pointed) that is seen in the photo against http://blascozumeta.com/wp-content/uploads/aves-aragon/passeriformes/430.chlorischloris.pdf description of 2cy (p. 2) (Google translates the paragraph into english quite well, with a minor...
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    Female Sparrowhawk or male Goshawk, Stockholm 21 December

    Sorry, I didn't explain it quite clear. Fir trees cones never fall in a piece to the ground when ripe. All the scales that form up the cone fall apart while they are still in the tree, leaving only the rachis or axis of the cone (you can see them in the top of the fir, but it is not easy) So you...
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    Female Sparrowhawk or male Goshawk, Stockholm 21 December

    As Joern says, the difference between Abies and Picea cones allows an easy way to identify a fir-looking tree: search for the cones on the ground below it. If you don't find any, it is most probably a fir. If you find them, then it can be a spruce (or many other things, including pines)
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    1st w. GBBG vs. 1st w. LBBG (Madrid)

    Check the photos in the linked ebird list about that particular bird at Madrid-Río standing amongst several LBBG, so you can appreciate both the difference in size and plumage pattern and the tertial step https://ebird.org/checklist/S98776877
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