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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 07:52   #1
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Lebanon. Easter. Asking for confirmation(1)

Hi, Recently arrived from a holiday in Lebanon. Could you please confirm my ids?

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My attempts:
1- Graceful prinia
2- Honey buzzard
3- Graceful prinia
4- Common tern

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Agrée on the Prinia and Common Tern, the raptor photo is very blurred on my screen but looks to have a small head etc. so Honey Buzzard possible, did you see flocks migrating T? Also, did you witness any bird shooting while you were there?
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1-3-4 OK
I Don't see a HB here, tail is long but shape of tail wrong, also moulting inner primaries in spring would be at odds with HB so Buteo Buzzard for me
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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 08:30   #4
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Also, did you witness any bird shooting while you were there?
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I did not see hunters but I saw literally thousands and thousands of shotgun shells on the ground on many ways I walked along. It was an appalling sight. Apparently, shooting down every flying creature during migrations is the national pastime. I felt like crying!

I just thought it was a honey buzzard because of long neck and tail. Another worse picture of the same bird:

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That certainly looks more buteo-like now, most likely a vulpinus 'Steppe Buzzard' on its way north.
Glad you didn't witness the slaughter - there is hope, more and more young people are getting involved in 'nature groups' and photographing rather than shooting birds is on the increase -still a long way to go though.
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