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    Algarve Raptor

    Thanks
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    Algarve Raptor

    Taken this morning at Boca do Rio, Algarve, Portugal. Pretty poor pics I'm afraid. These usually end up being Buzzards, but not sure the underwing pattern looks right - no apparent pale mid-wing bar (could be picture quality). Anyway, would be grateful if somebody could shed some light.
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    Algarve Harrier

    Thanks all - I will go with Pallid
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    Algarve Pipit

    Ah ok - thats useful, thanks
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    Algarve Pipit

    Is this a Meadow Pipit in a tree? Or a Tree Pipit? There's a suggestion of an eye stripe, and the bill looks a little strong, so some reason to suspect Tree, but not sure. Would appreciate advice. taken today near Aljezur in Portugal
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    Algarve Harrier

    Unfortunately not, I took more but the other photos were very poor
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    Algarve Harrier

    Taken near Sagres Portugal early this morning. Clearly a juvenile harrier. The four visible "fingers" and suggestion of a pale collar suggest Pallid. The second image has been lightened. Pallid's are quite rare down here so posting for correction/confirmation.
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    Algarve Warbler

    A few more Pics that may help
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    Algarve Warbler

    Thanks Ken. I am aware of a sighting of a Marsh Warbler a few years ago at Boca do Rio, but it would certainly be considered a rarity. I know they are very similar to Reed Warbler's - is there anything that specifically points to a Marsh?
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    Algarve Warbler

    Taken this morning at Boca do Rio in the Western Algarve. My first assumption was Reed Warbler - which remains my best guess, but there is something about this bird that doesn't look right for a Reed warbler. The posture, and tail angle seem unusual, the supercilium is quite distinct (but...
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    Algarve Lark

    Ok thanks
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    Algarve Lark

    Taken this morning at Vale Santo near Sagres. There were Thekla Larks and Skylarks singing at the time so both birds definitely present. There are also Short Toed larks in this area but it's getting late in the year for them. In any case the breast markings on this bird discount Short Toed I...
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    And another Algarve Warbler

    Found another photo, which I didn't originally post because the head is largely obscured. But this gives a clearer image of the primary projection, I think. Does this help the experts out there decide between Whitethroat and Spectacled Warbler?
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    And another Algarve Warbler

    Good point. I know from ebird that both species were seen in that area yesterday so definitely feasible. And I agree (working from Collins, not experience) that the primary projections nudge towards Spectacled, so I'm minded to go with that.
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    Yet Another Algarve warbler...

    Thanks. I was obviously in Warbler mode. Pied Flycarchers have just started to arrive here so 👍
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    And another Algarve Warbler

    ...again taken from a distance so apologies for the poor quality. These may be the same bird but equally not. The rufous pattern on the wings in the second pic, and the throat on the first suggest Whitethroat. Correction or confirmation would be appreciated.
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    Yet Another Algarve warbler...

    ......this time taken near Sagres in the Western Algarve, this morning. Firstly apologies for the quality of the photos - taken from a distance into the shade of a tree. Anyway there were a few Willow Warblers around, but for this bird I think there may be an unbroken pale eye ring, and the...
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    Another Algarve Warbler

    👍Reed Warbler duly recorded
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    Another Algarve Warbler

    Apologies andyb39 - missed the subtlety of Western Olivaceous being Isabelline in (my version) of Collins. That makes it more likely in this area, albeit still a rarity. Are there any significant distinguishing characteristics between Western Olivaceous and Reed?
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    Another Algarve Warbler

    Will go with Reed Warbler. I was thrown by the call, but when I saw the photos, it looked Reed Warbler-ish. A lesson in not being led by expectation!
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    Another Algarve Warbler

    Final effort in the quest for certainty - the dregs from the recycle bin - hopefully a few clues will emerge.............:)
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    Another Algarve Warbler

    Olivaceous would be a rare sight here - and I think the bill on this bird is not heavy enough. Apologies but just gone through the recycle bin and retrieved a further photo - overzealous tidying of the photo folder. Anyway the shade on the head makes ID a bit clearer I think, and Cetti's looks...
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    Sanderling or Little Stint

    Wasn't aware of the hind toe issue - but I think it is there and visible, albeit it is perfectly camouflaged against the dark grey mud behind!
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    Sanderling or Little Stint

    Thanks all
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    Sanderling or Little Stint

    Taken at Alvor in Portugal yesterday. There's a ton of Sanderlings down there but not many Little Stints - so :- I think the bird on the left is a juvenile Dunlin, and the bird on the left, which looks a bit smaller is a Little Stint? This suspicion is down to the pale lines on the back, and...
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