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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 10:10   #1
Richard Insall
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A mate took this picture yesterday and neither of us can identify it.
It looks like a raptor of some kind. A foreign visitor, or escapee?
Any ideas anyone?
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 10:20   #2
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Hi Richard,
I am assuming that this was taken somewhere in Britain, judging by your own location?
I'd go for a pale Common Buzzard with this, plumage and structure would fit: some can get very pale indeed. Any thoughts of Rough-legged can be discounted by the unfeathered legs alone, though it doesn't look right for one regardless, at least to my eyes.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 10:46   #3
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Yes, mainland Britain.
He thought Buzzard of some kind, especially when it flew.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 10:51   #4
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Someone has suggested Osprey. That seems possible.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 10:52   #5
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Very strong head pattern for a pale Common Buzzard - is there anything else it could be?

Will get 'Raptors of the World' out later.

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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 10:59   #6
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Any chance its a wet Black Winged Kite Elanus caeruleus , the face looks right

They are becoming common in SW France
I have been watching one for the past 6 weeks from the kitchen table
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 11:01   #7
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I'm still leaning towards Osprey.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 11:10   #8
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Not an Osprey. Head pattern wrong.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 11:16   #9
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Not an Osprey. Head pattern wrong.
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Any chance its a wet Black Winged Kite Elanus caeruleus , the face looks right

They are becoming common in SW France
I have been watching one for the past 6 weeks from the kitchen table
Doesn't look right over all to me, seems to have way to much dark overall and the shape just isn't quite right.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 11:23   #10
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Doesn't look right over all to me, seems to have way to much dark overall and the shape just isn't quite right.
Common buzzard for me. Definitely not osprey or kite
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Common Buzzard for me too, perfect structure. The photo has an alarming amount of contrast I think.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 17:06   #12
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Common Buzzard for me too, perfect structure. The photo has an alarming amount of contrast I think.
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Old Friday 8th November 2019, 19:38   #13
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