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Eagles in El Pardo Reserve, Madrid, Spain

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Old Wednesday 22nd July 2015, 13:12   #1
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Eagles in El Pardo Reserve, Madrid, Spain

Hey there,

I took these pictures just over a week ago at the El Pardo reserve, just north of Madrid. I understand that these aren't the best pictures in terms of colour, and have adjusted the exposure on the last image to try and highlight the colour a little more.

I believe the 2nd and 3rd pictures to be of a Spanish Imperial Eagle, and the first to possibly be a Golden Eagle?

Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.
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Old Wednesday 22nd July 2015, 14:52   #2
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First one is a Black Vulture (AKA Cinereous or Monk Vulture, if you feel like it. Sorry Don Quijote) - broad wings, many "fingers", "saw-toothed" secondaries, very short tail, pale feet, relatively uniform plumage fit very well for that species. I've been told Golden Eagle are rare at El Pardo, anyway (I did see a dodgy far-off eagle there that may have been one, but couldn't verify).
I agree on the other two.

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Old Friday 24th July 2015, 23:08   #3
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I agree - 1st is Black Vulture showing diagnostic shape and pale feet. The other bird is an older imm. Spanish Imperial - I'm assuming its the same bird on both photos - looking like 4th cal. yr.
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