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    Peregrine - UK

    Briefly skimmed this thread feeling puzzled why this bird gets all this attention. For me no reason to suggest anything but a peregrinus. In particular females in first adult plumage are quite variable as regards the extension of the blackish hood and the general tone of the underside. So I...
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    goshawk/sparrowhawk, Asturias, Spain

    Tom, to me they all look like juveniles, which one do you believe is an adult?
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    Sparrowhawk or gooshawk?

    Yes, juvenile Sparrowhawk, probably a male due to the streaked breast.
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    Falco peregrinus ssp calidus ? North Greece

    Impossible to tell, because not even in the hand is there any one clinching character to tell these two intergrading/clinal subspecies apart. One of the die-hard myths among birders that would be nice to see buried deep in the permafrost of the Siberian tundra�� Peter
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    Falcon, Bulgaria

    IMO the proportions are spot on for Hobby (the hand is too long for RFF).
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    Merlin ?

    The general shape, proportions and colour IMO make Merlin the more likely suggestion. Fluffed up throat feathers, pale area on the nape, brown upperside and pointed wings are good for Merlin, but I'm not prepared to be adamant this time;);) Peter
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    Feather ID Bulgaria

    The ground colour of Barn Owl is far more orange, and the barring more regular and bold. You can see central tail-feathers here on the second photo bottom left, and on the third and fourth photo bottom right. So, Tawny Owl is certainly is;) https://www.featherbase.info/en/species/Tyto/alba Peter
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    Feather ID Bulgaria

    Checking a Long-eared Owl from my freezer stock*, I realised my initial blunder: Long-eared Owl is (also) bolder barred than that, thus the obvious ID springs to mind, it's the central tail feather of a Tawny Owl, sorry, must have been absent minded:eat: * I'm an ornithological taxidermist by...
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    Feather ID Bulgaria

    No, the barring is much bolder on the tail feathers of A. flammeus;) http://www.netfugl.dk/pictures.php?id=showpicture&picture_id=72296
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    Feather ID Bulgaria

    Yes, owl it certainly is. My take is a central tail feather of a Long-eared Owl. Peter
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    Feather ID help

    Definitely no Kite, but rather (although this is just a guess) a secondary from a domestic hen. Peter
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    UK feather ID

    Nope, certainly a Common Buzzard here. One of the upper shoulder feathers. Very typical in shape, texture (not remotely as 'furry' as an Owl-feather), and more curved in shape than the equivalent feather from a juvenile gull, which doesn't show the pattern seen here. Believe me, a no brainer;)...
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    Bird of prey, northern Iran

    Why not a juvenile (1cy)? Even on this photo the pale tips on remiges and upperparts are quite distinct indicating a bird in a fresh plumage. When last year was is taken? (Always nice with that piece of info;)) Peter
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    is this a Falcon? on my Balcony in Kuwait

    Two corrections: This Common Kestrel is a newly fledged, juvenile male. Male juveniles differ from juvenile females in that the black bars on the tail feathers are narrower than the space between them, whereas in females the bars are broader and thus of approximately the same width as the space...
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    Öland, Sweden 12 May 2019

    Which passerine would retain its loose-structured, low quality, non durable, juvenile body feathers for longer than 2-4 weeks (the regular length of time)? Peter
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    more cyprus ids please

    Or perhaps more likely (with such pale underparts) a Spanish Sparrow (subspecies transcaspicus). Peter
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    ID help, Northern Goshawk?

    Definitely no Goshawk, but what is it then? I'll leave that to others, but may throw in two suggestions: Western Marsh Harrier or Black Kite. Peter
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    Short or long eared owl?

    Clearly a Long-eared Owl of the nominate race. Wing pattern, facial markings and long horns. Yes, the American subspecies is quite differently patterned on the underside, and has yellow, not orange iris. Peter
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    Bunting - Frampton Marsh Uk

    Reed Bunting is correct. Peter
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    Warbler from Cyprus

    A good one to remember, although a very tiny one;)
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    Marsh or Willow Tit

    Not that I'd go out on a limb and say it's a Willow, but can the white spot be some food matter? It does show an uncannily large bib for a Marsh. I too would like to know where the photo was taken? Peter
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    whimbrel or curlew

    Well, with vocal birds it's a lot easier, their calls are VERY different, Curlews have their mournful whistle, while Whimbrels sound more like a hysterically giggling teenage girl. Peter
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    Corvid Fuerteventura?

    My thought too. Tail length to width of wings not good for Chough either.
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