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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 19:06   #1
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Eagle at Bharaptphur

Would appreciate your take on this Eagle, photo taken this year at Bharaptphur. Digiscoped from some distance hence quality could have been better especially with light conditions.
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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 20:58   #2
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Looks to me a Lesser Spotted Eagle. Paler wing coverts and dark chin look ok.
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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 21:28   #3
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It is an adult Spotted Eagle!
A darkish adult (no white markings on vings!) "Aquila". Prominent gape-line (although not reaching back of eye as in Steppe Eagle). Large bill (Lesser Spotted have smaller almost buzzard-like bills!) although not as large as Steppe.
The plumage is chocolate brown with no indication of lighter brown colouration (as would be expected). All good characters for Spotted Eagle!
Spotted Eagle is also (by far) the most common eagle-species in Bharatpur.

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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 21:54   #4
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Hmmm..., I see on my monitor very contrasty wings with much paler wing coverts and the bill doesn´t look that "large".
Check these Lessers from Bharatpur, very similar birds.

http://www.hat.net/album/asia/india/...tted_eagle.jpg

http://orientalbirdimages.org/images...hastata_ak.jpg

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Check also this adult Greater Spotted Eagle from Bharatpur

http://orientalbirdimages.org/images...edeagle-jh.jpg
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Can't you ID them off nostril shape? Doesn't one have a kidney shaped nostril and the other a circular nostril? (or at least they did when I was in India!). Forgotten which has which, but the photo seems good enough to apply that to...
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Thanks Guys for that input, just wanted to fully clarify for my records.
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Old Friday 17th February 2006, 16:19   #8
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Can't you ID them off nostril shape? Doesn't one have a kidney shaped nostril and the other a circular nostril? (or at least they did when I was in India!). Forgotten which has which, but the photo seems good enough to apply that to...
Hi Tom!
Both Lesser and Greater Spotteds show rounded nostrils, clearly visible on this pic . Steppe Eagle is the one with elongated nostrils.
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Hi Tom!
Both Lesser and Greater Spotteds show rounded nostrils, clearly visible on this pic . Steppe Eagle is the one with elongated nostrils.
Ah, that's right. It was a long time since I saw any of them them (excuses excuses...)
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Hi Tom!
Both Lesser and Greater Spotteds show rounded nostrils, clearly visible on this pic . Steppe Eagle is the one with elongated nostrils.
Anyone who can see nostrils in this picture has better eyesight than me!
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