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Bird of Prey ID? Gambia, Gunjur Area, Feb 2019 (1 Viewer)


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Hi Everyone,

I've just returned from my first ever visit to The Gambia and hope to get help with identifying a bird of prey I saw whilst near the coast in southern Gambia, near Gunjur. I saw quite a lot of raptors there, and managed to ID all but this one.

It was quite high up and circling, using the thermals and rarely flapping. I suspect it to be a type of snake eagle, but having shown the pictures I took to two separate birders locally, I was given two different IDs and no-one seemed quite sure.

I've attached the pictures from several different angles with this post. Unfortunately I never got a chance to see it from above or the side. I hope they'll be of help.

Any ID will be greatly appreciated - I'd love to know what it might be.

Thanks in advance,

Duskyjay :)


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Thanks for your quick response! I've been puzzling over this for quite a while. I'll look up Beaudouin's and Brown snake eagles and see if I can make headway. Thanks for your help :)

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