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Buteo, Tibet (1 Viewer)

AntonBE

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Hi all!

In August 2011 I saw this Buteo somewhere near Namtso Lake. I initially identified it as Golden Eagle, which retroactively is of course incorrect looking at plumage, structure, amount of fingers etc. It seems to be a Buteo instead: Upland Buzzard would be the expected species in this location I believe, but I don't quite know how to exclude a dark morph Long-legged Buzzard (or even Steppe/Himalayan Buzzard) based on this picture alone, which is unfortunately the only picture I have.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Butty

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Dark tail-band too narrow for golden eagle? But upland buzzard seems to have no white (ever??) on upperside of secondaries :unsure:
 

Butty

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I find finger-counting a pretty equivocal business. That Macaulay bird could indeed - plausibly - be yours. It seems that field guides just don't do upland buzzard adequately.
 

AntonBE

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I find finger-counting a pretty equivocal business. That Macaulay bird could indeed - plausibly - be yours. It seems that field guides just don't do upland buzzard adequately.
Fair enough, and you're definitely right in the last point!

Still definitely looking for someone that knows how to definitely exclude Long-legged and Himalayan buzzard from Upland - I thought the answer could be in the tail band (but dark Long-legged can have that), or indeed the amount of white/grey in the primaries, but I've also found some other fairly similar dark morph Long-leggeds with similar wings as my bird... Any other suggestions or tips welcome!
 

lou salomon

the birdonist
only if you saw its legs: partly feathered in Upland, naked in LLB and Himalayan. and if you saw it together with a Himalayan and it would appear like 1,5 x of the size of Himalayan :p
 
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