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A bird from Japan (August 2017)

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Old Tuesday 11th December 2018, 22:21   #1
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A bird from Japan (August 2017)

Last year we had a discussion about some birds that I saw during august 2017 in Japan (this is the link to the original thread) .

I have received some news regarding one of the birds that I included in that post. The discussion was if it was an eurasian sparrowhawk or a grey-faced buzzard. According to the eBird team for Japan, that bird is a grey-faced buzzard (Butastur indicus).

I include here a picture at a higher magnification and with more lights.

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Old Tuesday 11th December 2018, 22:57   #2
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Eurasian Sparrowhawk shows 6 fingers in flight, so it's ruled out. I'm not sure if it's Grey-faced or not - I can't see the heavy malar and gular stripes of that species, but that could just be the image resolution. It looks too long-winged and long-tailed for Japanese Sparrowhawk. It's not Chinese either, as that shows 4 fingers, not 5. I don't think there are any other possibilities?
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I think it's a Grey-faced Buzzard.
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