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    Common or Lesser Kestrel in Fez Morocco May 17 2022

    The head got a bit washed out on those photos, but there was definitely a gray-blue cheek. It's hard to tell from underneath, but it might have even been a gray-blue hood (not just cheek). Considering that, and now that I'm looking at the open tail feathers, I see that the tailband is much more...
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    Common or Lesser Kestrel in Fez Morocco May 17 2022

    Oh yes, I see what you mean! That makes perfect sense to me :) I did just add some photos with the tail open, though the quality is terrible, I'm not sure if that helps at all? But thanks for your expertise!
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    Common or Lesser Kestrel in Fez Morocco May 17 2022

    Hello everyone, I spotted this Kestrel in Fez, Morocco on May 17, 2022. I am struggling to determine whether it is a Common/Eurasian or Lesser Kestrel (though I know it was female). I've heard that size is supposed to be the best indicator, but it was too far/high up for me to judge that...
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    Oman non-breeding Terns (also Gull-billed & Bridled) -- Masirah Island & Musandam

    This crossed my mind too, because it really did seem a bit bigger than the lesser crested that was there, and I think sandwich terns are supposed to be slightly bigger than lesser crested? I've added the other photos I have of this bird, including two with the lesser crested walking right next...
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    Oman non-breeding Terns (also Gull-billed & Bridled) -- Masirah Island & Musandam

    Thank you so much Butty! I'd seen you post on similar questions and was hoping you might be able to help :D Oh yes I had noticed the gray plumage and wondered about that! It is the same individual, and I have another photo of it in a different pose that I'll add too, in case that helps. I have...
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    Oman. Sea birds

    I am in Oman right now and have been seeing the same terns all over! The ones in photos 4B and 4C I mean. My current guess is non-breeding Common Terns but I am not sure. I just posted my own thread about this with lots of photos, in case that helps. At least the ones I've seen have been...
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    Oman non-breeding Terns (also Gull-billed & Bridled) -- Masirah Island & Musandam

    Here is also an eclectic mix of flying tern photos with partially black heads, but I don't remember the size of these particular individuals which may make them harder to ID. They are also likely not all the same breed. All were taken near Masirah Island on April 23.
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    Oman non-breeding Terns (also Gull-billed & Bridled) -- Masirah Island & Musandam

    I have been seeing these terns with black bills and partially black heads (first 5 photos) all over Oman and I think they are non-breeding Common Terns but could also be White-cheeked, Whiskered or Roseate Terns. These photos were all taken between April 20-24 on or near Masirah Island, Oman...
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    Oman - Juvenile Greater Hoopoe-Larks? - Muscat and Jebel Shams

    Thank you both! My first thought was Desert Lark or another similar lark, but the birds had such long, thing, downward-curving bills that I couldn't see how it could be a lark. The photos don't show the bill well enough but it really was remarkably long/thin/curved. I have seen Desert Larks...
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    Oman -- Lesser/Greater Sand-Plover? -- al-Khaluf (near Masirah Island / Bar al-Hikman)

    I believe this is a Lesser Sand-Plover in non-breeding plumage but wanted to double check, but maybe it's a Greater. Hard to tell the bill size with such blurry photos (sorry, they were taken through my windshield!) Some pictures also have a Sanderling in them. Photos are all of the same...
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    Oman - Juvenile Greater Hoopoe-Larks? - Muscat and Jebel Shams

    Hello! I saw two of these birds on April 15 near Muscat at a lookout point overlooking al-Bustan / Wadi al-Kabir. One seemed to be a juvenile, they other may have been as well but slightly older perhaps, I'm not sure. I then saw what I assume was the same bird two days later in Jebel Shams (near...
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