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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 14:01   #1
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Can anyone identify this bird?

Spotted flying over Berkhamsted Common, Herfordshire, UK.

Many thanks!
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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 14:15   #2
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Looks a bit like a kite, a child's toy!!
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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 14:20   #3
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Hello Bigbird,
welcome to the forum! Very interesting picture, please note the following:
your bird looks strange/weird, maybe this is due to sharpening effects. If taken with a mobile phone, more photos could help because I have the feeling that this single picture doesnt represent the real and "full" appearance of this bird (due to bad sharpening/internal camera processing" effects (I hope thats understandable, I am no native speaker)
I think you have excluded the possibility of a artificial object like a Child Kite?
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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 14:32   #4
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Again to late with my answer, I think you are right, Gerald. I had the same thoughts and looking again, this would explain the cross-bars that are visible in the head-breast area.
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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 14:44   #5
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Hi Gerald and Alexander,

I am so sorry, the picture was sent to me by my brother, who took it while he was running on the common. He now believes that it was most likely a toy and I agree. Both he and I are completely embarrassed. Thank you for being gentle with your replies to such a stupid post! I spent a lot of time looking in my bird guides and was excited that it was something I had never seen before!
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I've mistaken balloons so many times for migrating birds, it's not even funny.

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Old Monday 1st June 2020, 12:55   #9
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Bigbird...there was thread recently in the "Ruffled Feathers" section about "Stickbirds"...birders mistaking sticks, branches, plastic bags, all kinds of stuff for birds (usually rare ones!) I once spent a long time watching a dried-out lump of cow-dung, through a telescope, convinced it was a Dowitcher or something. At least your friend´s photo is a bird of sorts!!!
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Bigbird...there was thread recently in the "Ruffled Feathers" section about "Stickbirds"...birders mistaking sticks, branches, plastic bags, all kinds of stuff for birds (usually rare ones!) I once spent a long time watching a dried-out lump of cow-dung, through a telescope, convinced it was a Dowitcher or something. At least your friend´s photo is a bird of sorts!!!

Here's that thread Sancho: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread...ght=stickbirds

Though I seem to remember another one years ago (many years ago I think).
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The great Bryan Bland once showed his group (in Southern Spain somewhere I think) a Great Bustard displaying. It turned out to be a man on a bicycle...

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