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Buzzard? Kyrgyzstan 13 May (1 Viewer)

creedence

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I am a bit bothered by the pale iris of this bird. I suppose it is a race of Common Buzzard. I think Upland would have feathered tarsi. Any opinions? It was in the extreme NE of Kyrgyzstan, where it borders Kazakhstan and China.
 

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Eastern Buzzards are a mess and sitting birds even worse
Afaik in Kyrgyzstan we get Upland and Rough-legged both with feathered tarsi, Common vulpinus and Long-legged, young Long-legged having even paler iris. Unfortunately I have no experience and no literature about B.b. refectus or Buteo refectus if you prefer
Looking at greater coverts with abraded margins this must be a second calendar year bird showing no feature of Long-legged. So vulpinus it should be, paleness of iris due to young age.
 
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