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A few from Rainham Marshes, Essex (1 Viewer)

Big Rob

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First one I think is either Snipe or Jack Snipe, but not too sure which.

Second I was thinking maybe Raven as it had quite a deep call - I appreciate that this isn't the best photo.

Third, maybe a Sparrowhawk? Flew by very quickly.

Fourth, possibly a Marsh Harrier?

Fifth I guess is a bit of a weird looking Widgeon?

Sixth is an awful photo but I thought I'd throw that out there too just in case. Flight pattern was fairly slow, it stayed roughly in one place for a while but I'm using a cheap lens.body so it still couldn't get a good shot.

Seven. Grey wader with the Lapwings, unsure of this.


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1 - Common Snipe (longer bill)
2 - Seems throaty enough for a Raven but the beak doesn't look bulky enough but that could be the light
3 - Sparrowhawk - looks like a female but I'll leave that to someone with better knowledge
4 - Seems good for a MH - female?
5 - Wigeon in eclipse?
6 - Feral Pigeon
7 - Ruff


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Not 100% sure on everything but I would say

1. snipe
2. raven
3. sparrowhawk
5. widgeon
6. feral pigeon
7. ruff

Edit: agree with feral pigeon

Big Rob

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Thanks for the feedback!

6. is saying Skylark to me, which would fit the above observation if it was singing.
Can't remember if it was singing or not, definitely smaller than a feral pigeon size though - I would have said around sparrow size or there abouts.

Joern Lehmhus

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I agree on skylark for 6, definitely not a pigeon

I think 2 looks better for Raven but isn´t an easy photo.

agree all the others common snipe for 1, sparrowhawk for 3, marsh harrier for 4, eurasian wigeon for 5 and a male ruff for 7

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