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Common or Honey Buzzard-silhouette? (1 Viewer)

mike w

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A Buzzard seen flying away which appeared long tailed and long winged.
I managed a quick photo of the silhouette. Can anyone help with this poor quality photo?
Location was Fife, Scotland on Monday 14 Sep.
 

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From the head shape i also would plump for Common. Honey would have a long-necked, smaller headed profile, which would be immediately evident in this photo.
 
Hi all,
It is surprisingly difficult to be sure either way from this angle, as I find that juvenile Honey-buzzards are not as distinctive structurally as adults are, though, from what can be seen, the structure of this bird does suggest Common Buzzard to me: the bird can be aged as a juvenile based on, among other things, the lack of a clearly defined dark trailing edge to the wings, rather dull secondaries etc, and juvenile Common Buzzards have longer tails and narrower wings than adults, thus presenting a subtly different silhouette.
 
This is a Common Buzzard, apart from the short tail and short but massive head you can actually see a continuum of narrow bars on the tail. For me wing structure rules out Honey as well.
 
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