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Cyprus ID help needed (1 Viewer)

Three photos of birds taken in Cyprus early September 2018. One is eagle like. Bonelli's ? Also a Shrike. Juvenile Red Backed ? Lastly, a warbler type, haven't a clue. Any help greatly appreciated. I did see lots of other birds which were easily identifiable !!


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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello David,
1 is a Honey Buzzard, please note the right barring to the tail. two bars at the base and one at the and everything else also good

3 is a Red backed Shrike, wrong scapular pattern for Woodchat Shrike among other things
Thank you very much, the White tail on the Honey Buzzard threw me and it does look very much like an Eagle to me !! Have seen Honey Buzzards at Wykeham Forest in UK, but the various morph types are confusing. Thanks again.


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#2 is a Sylvia warbler (well, a Curruca warbler with the new revision of the genus, anyway!); not sure which one, best guess Eastern Subalpine but I may well be wrong on that. But unstreaked back, so not a Cisticola.

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